We offer a wide range of courses aimed at individuals and teams covering a wide range of medical and clinical specialties. Delegates are drawn from NUH and the East Midlands region and from across the UK. We are also pleased to partner with national organisations to host specialist courses and conferences in the centre.

Please contact us if you would like to know more.

Advanced Paediatric Life Support (APLS)

About the course

The course comprises a one-day online section and two days' face to face training. Candidates need to complete and obtain a certificate for the online training before attending the face to face course. To register for both the online and face to face course, please contact

Course Dates


26th & 27th of June


£515.00 (for 2 day face to face training) including:

  • APLS manual
  • Access to APLS VLE component for four years
  • Lunch and refreshments on the two-day face to face course


For any other queries please contact us on 0115 924 9924 ext 87096 or


Testimonials from candidates attending the most recent course

I thoroughly enjoyed the course and found it a very valuable experience

Excellent knowledgeable and approachable faculty. I was fortunate to also be in a friendly and supportive small group. Brilliant experience is a non-threatening/non-intimidating environment for learning. Huge thanks to everyone involved for an excellent course

The faculty were brilliant. They were very supportive and all very knowledgeable and experts in their field. They were all very approachable and interacted with everyone in a very positive way. I learnt so much from their expertise


Core Medical Trainee Simulation (CMT SIM)

Course description

As part of a regional approach to simulation-based education for core medical trainees in the East Midlands, we deliver simulation days for CMTs. These multiprofessional days provide an opportunity for trainees and nursing staff to approach clinical scenarios in a safe learning environment, with consideration of the non-technical skills required for safe, efficient and professional practice. An in-depth debrief occurs after each scenario which supports development of trainees by considering both the technical components of the simulation and the role of human factors in the performance of individuals.

The scenarios have been standardised along four main themes:

  • Management of complex medical patients
  • Consent and capacity
  • Patient safety
  • Medical ethics i.e. DNAR  

Target audience

  • Core medical trainees – CT1 and CT2 doctors
  • Nurses

Course Downloads



Course objectives

By the end of this course, participants will have:

  • Experienced and practised the management of a variety of clinical scenarios
  • Considered non-technical aspects in the management of acutely unwell patients (e.g. leadership, teamwork and communication)
  • Gained insight into their personal limitations and abilities for development
  • Participated in clinical situations involving complex decision making, medical ethics and patient safety.


  • The course is facilitated by a team of experienced faculty members including medical registrars and consultants.


Trent Simulation and Clinical Skills Centre, Nottingham


As allocated by the East Midlands North co-ordinator


Full day – 8am to 4pm.

Course lead

Tel 0115 970 9969 or email

Crisis Resource Management (CRM)

Course Content:

  • Rehearsal of specific anaesthetic critical incident scenarios, providing an opportunity to learn from serious incidents and never events
  • Focus on non-technical skills and behaviours during emergency situations
  • Development of leadership and team behaviours that support safe and reliable care, avoiding patient harm
  • Opportunity to improve debriefing skills after critical incidents

Course Features:

  • Scenarios tailored to your needs
  • Core topics AM with the opportunity to choose PM scenarios
  • Topics sign-posted
  • Mandatory Life Support Training included

Target Audience:

Consultant and staff grade anaesthetists


  • TBC

Lunch and refreshments will be provided


Course is free for NUH staff


If you would like to attend please book directly using Eventbrite links below:

Anaesthetic Crisis Resource Management Masterclass: One Day Simulation Course

Or contact Rachael Foster, Administrator 0115 970 9969 or 0115 924 9924 ext 87095

Child Protection in Recognition and Response Course 

Child Protection in Recognition & Response Course


  • To Be Confirmed

Who is the course aimed at?

  • Doctors in training who work with children and young people.

What does the course involve?

A series of lectures and small group workshops, discussions and role plays covering the following areas:

  • Recognising child abuse and neglect
  • What to do when you recognise child abuse and neglect
  • Working with parents and other agencies
  • Outcomes for children and young people

Course Fee - £150

Cost includes:

  • An interactive DVD
  • RCPCH child protection companion
  • RCPCH child protection reader
  • Lunch and refreshments

Places are allocated on a 'first come - first served' basis 


For any other queries please contact Rachael Foster on 0115 9249924 ext 87096 or email:

CP3 Medical Students

This three-day programme for all final year medical students at University of Nottingham will introduce and reinforce the core knowledge, skills, and behaviours required to provide immediate care for the acutely ill patient.

The training comprises three separate one-day courses:

  • Acute illness management (AIM) or acute life threatening events - recognition and management (ALERT)
  • Immediate life support (ILS)
  • Immediate ward management of the acutely ill patient (advanced simulation-based training)

The ILS and AIM / ALERT courses are designed to highlight a number of areas of knowledge and ability that can be put to good use in such situations, but often it is not the possession of these attributes that equates to good management of the problem.

The simulation training day is designed to provide further opportunity to rehearse the key clinical skills outlined on the previous two training days, and also to consider many of the other factors that can influence the patient's outcome.

It provides a safe, supportive environment in which to review individual knowledge and skills in the context of the simulated ward environment, further identifying individual and organisational factors that can influence effective patient management. Participants observe, practise, and, through facilitated debriefing, reflect upon the immediate management of acutely ill patients.

Course dates

Students are allocated a course date via their undergraduate co-ordinator and will attend during their critical illness attachment in CP3.


1st Floor Simulation Room, Trent Simulation and Clinical Skills Centre, QMC


Registration is at 8.15 am. The course starts at 8.30am prompt

Finish time is 4.30pm


Bring ILS and AIM / ALERT manuals and your portfolio

Supporting Material

Supporting Video


CP3 Nurse Simulation

Dear Colleague, 

The multi-professional Acutely Ill Ward-based patient Advanced Simulation Day, a course specially designed to provide knowledge and skills in management of acute emergencies and patient safety incidents. You will be joining final year medical students, who are undertaking this course as part of their critical illness attachment. The aim of the day is to provide you with a valuable opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills covered during pre-registration course in realistic scenarios relevant to situations that you may encounter during your first year as a ward nurse.

You will be attending our course at the

Simulation Centre, 1st Floor, Trent Simulation & Clinical Skills Centre,

QMC Campus, Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust

The Pre-Course information is available below:

TSCSC NURSING CP3 Pre-Course Letter

Supporting Video


Craniotomy Simulator Course with ROWENA

Course convenor

Mr R D Ashpole FRCS, Consultant Neurosurgeon, Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust

Target audienceImage of Head

  • Neurosurgical trainees
  • Aspiring neurosurgical trainees
  • Neurosurgical nurses

Course Dates

  • TBC

Teaching style

Modular course structure:

  • Module 1: 3-point headrest and burr holes
  • Module 2: Ventricular access and ICP bolts
  • Module 3: Basic flaps and fixation
  • Module 4: Complex flaps and fixation
  • Module 5: Stealth station setup/axiem use
  • Module 6: Intracranial ultrasound.

Delegate numbers

  • The course is limited to eight candidates
  • Places are allocated on a 'first come - first served' basis

Course fee

  • £500 per person 
  • Catering provided 


Programme FEB 2019.doc

Application Form FEB 2019.docx


Please view Articles from Bulletin of The Royal College of Surgeons of England:

Introducing Rowena: a simulator for neurosurgical training 

Rowena: the trainee’s perspective on simulation 


To apply, or to be added to the course waiting list; please email Sharon Martin, Centre Administrator -

F1/F2 Multi-Professional Simulation Course

Foundation doctors in the East Midlands Deanery (Trent) will attend an advanced simulation course in year 1 and 2 of their Foundation Programme.

The simulation training day is designed around the care of the acutely ill ward based patient and aims to provide a safe learning environment in which to experience a series of simulated clinical challenges designed:

  • To consider individual, team, and organisational factors that might enhance or impede optimal patient care in the ward setting
  • To raise your awareness of roles and responsibilities, skills and contributions of other members of the multiprofessional team
  • To consider how relevant national or local policies and procedures contribute to risk management and patient safety where you work

The F1 courses take place between March - June

The F2 courses take place between September - February

All courses start at 8.15am and finish at 4.15pm

The Deanery in conjunction with regional foundation co-ordinators are responsible for allocating the course places - please contact your regional co-ordinator to confirm your course place.


FY2 / FY2 doctors can book their course place via Intrepid. 

Any queries, please contact

Nicola (Nikki) Barbosa
Medical Education Co-Ordinator
Tel:     0115 823 3410

Nurse places are booked by Alison Dinning, Inter-Professional Education Lead. Email or tel 0115 924 9924 ext 76358.

Pharmacy places are allocated by Caroline Cramp, Senior Pharmacist Education and Training. Email or tel 0115 924 9924 ext 64425.

Nottingham Intraoperative Monitoring

A unique 2-day interactive (pilot) course

Date - Wed 15 —Thurs 16 May 2019


A two day interactive course delivered by a multi-disciplinary team covering:

· The anatomy and physiology of the spine

· Spinal deformities and corrective surgeries

· Multi-modality monitoring during deformity surgery

· Anaesthetics and intraoperative monitoring

The aims of the course are to:

· Provide the underpinning knowledge required to plan, prepare, perform and report on intraoperative monitoring for spinal deformity surgeries

· Gain an understanding of effective multidisciplinary theatre teamwork and the key roles played by the intraoperative monitoring practitioner

· Promote the provision of intraoperative monitoring in accordance with joint ANS/BSCN national standards.

· Prepare for when things go wrong e.g. troubleshooting, dealing with alerts; and the importance of documentation.

· Enable practitioners to demonstrate competence to work independently in intraoperative monitoring.

Course Convenor: Rachel Hutchings, Head of Clinical Neurophysiology,

Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust

This FREE pilot course is aimed at IOM practitioners working in spinal surgery who have at least 6 – 12 months practical clinical experience

Pre-course reading and assessment will be undertaken prior to attending this two-day interactive course.

The face to face content will be a variety of short lectures, case based discussions and hands on simulation exercises delivered in the Trent Simulation and Clinical Skills Centre. On completion, participants will be guided on collection of a portfolio of evidence over six months to demonstrate competence across range of patients and situations.

Course Convenor: Rachel Hutchings, Head of Clinical Neurophysiology,

Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust

Course Fee: Free—This a a pilot of a new course and is free to attend  however cancellation fees will be charged for DNAs

For further details and a course application form, please e-mail our Centre Administrator  with ‘IOM Course’ in the subject header please






Nurse Foundation Simulation

Dear Colleagues, 

Re: Nurse attendance on the Foundation Patient Safety & Human Factors Advanced Simulation Training 2018/2019

You are invited to attend a multi-professional Acutely Ill Ward-based patient Advanced Simulation Day, a course specially designed to provide knowledge and skills in management of acute emergencies and patient safety incidents. You will be joining a group of Foundation Doctors and Pre-Registration Pharmacists in a truly multi-professional simulated learning experience. The aim of the day is to provide you with a valuable opportunity to apply your knowledge and skills in realistic scenarios relevant to situations that you may encounter during your work as a nurse.

You will be attending our course at;

The Simulation Centre, 1st Floor, Trent Simulation & Clinical Skills Centre,

QMC Campus, Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust


For more information please download the Course Letter Nurse Foundation Simulation

Faculty Development Course

Course Dates

  • Fri 23rd November 2018

Course convenor(s)

  • Mr Paul Bailey, Professional Practice Educator

Target audience

New members of the Trent Simulation and Clinical Skills Centre Faculty and provides an introduction to advanced hi-fidelity simulation based training

Topics covered

  • Simulation and Adult learning -Theoretical perspectives Clinical Human Factors
  • Simulation Design
  • Effective debriefing
  • In-situ Simulation

Delegate numbers

Maximum of 12 delegates per course.


  • FREE to NUH staff
  • Non-NUH staff: £85 per course
  • Places are allocated on a 'first come - first served' basis


For any other queries please contact Melody Cotes, Administrator, on 0115 970 9969 or 0115 924 9924 ext 87095 or email

Generic Instructor Course (GIC)

TSCSC offers the GIC course on a regular basis. This is a two-day course designed to train potential instructors for their provider course. Only candidates who have been recommended by the faculty as potential instructor candidates from their provider courses are eligible to undertake the course.

Course Dates

Tuesday 2nd / Wednesday 3rd of April 2019


For further information, please contact Trent Simulation on 0115 924 9924 ext 87096 or email

Multi-Professional Obstetric Simulation Training (MOST)

Advanced simulation courses for O&G trainees and qualified midwives in the East Midlands

This multiprofessional one-day course has been commissioned by the East Midlands School of Obstetrics and Gynaecology for O&G trainees (ST 1-7) and for junior and senior midwives from trusts across the East Midlands region.

The day is designed around a series of simulated scenarios and workshops that consider the management of obstetric patients presenting with a range of common and uncommon serious clinical problems. Provision of care in the clinical environment will be addressed, together with key aspects of human factors, team working and attributes of leadership.

Objectives for trainees for this study day relate to team working, team leadership skills and leadership in acute emergency (ref Core module 19 on the curriculum).

Objectives for midwives

  • Demonstrate awareness of the roles and skills of others
  • Demonstrate the ability to manage a situation appropriately, including appropriate escalation to senior staff
  • Demonstrate situational awareness

For senior midwives

  • Demonstrate the ability to support and develop junior obstetricians and midwives
  • Show leadership
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the correct course of action

Course faculty are senior O&G trainees and consultants, senior midwives and TSCSC faculty.


The day is free to attend for East Midlands participants.


Trainees wishing to book a place please contact: Nicola Barbosa, coordinator at HEALTH EDUCATION EAST MIDLANDS:

Midwives wishing to book a place please contact: Sian Parrish course coordinator

Midwives wishing to book a place please contact: Sian Parrish (Course Co-Ordinator):

Organ Donation Simulation Course

Deceased donation occurs at times of significant family distress and it is usually not possible to 'train' during these periods. Therefore, learning occurs either in a piecemeal fashion on the job, or in classrooms based on theory and quite removed from the real world of the critical care environment. Simulation allows for staff training and development in a safe environment whilst enacting real time events.

Nottingham University Hospitals Trust Donation Committee felt that simulation may be an appropriate tool for staff to develop skills in the deceased donation process. A one-day simulation pilot was planned collaboratively with the Trent Simulation and Clinical Skills Centre. This pilot, held in May 2011, demonstrated that simulation appeared to be an effective environment to train in deceased donation and has the ability to benefit both participants and faculty. A second deceased donation simulation day, unchanged in format, was successfully delivered in December 2011.

The intention is to support all regional intensive care, emergency medicine and neurosurgery trainees attending a deceased donation simulation day during their training, and to open up the day to other interested hospitals.

In April 2012 the deceased donation simulation day, template and evaluation was published in the Journal of the Intensive Care Society and is available HERE.


If you would like more information about this course please contact the specialist nurses - organ donation on ext 67727 or email or

Urology Simulation

This innovative one-day course is designed for higher-specialist trainees in urology to rehearse the management of common ward-based emergencies, whilst also considering the team’s non-technical skills and potential system influences. It has been developed as a joint collaboration between TSCSC and the HEEM Specialty School of Urology.

Objectives for the day

  • Experience simulation-based education in urology training
  • Practise management of a variety of clinical conditions
  • Discuss non-technical skills


  • 10th July 2018
  • 17th July 2018

Trainees wishing to attend the course should contact Kate Atkinson at HEE (Health Education EastMidlands) at 


VOICE: A communication skills training course for healthcare professionals caring for people living with dementia

We will be delivering two of the accredited VOICE training courses at Queens Medical Centre, Nottingham, in Spring 2019. This training course introduces key evidence about effective communication for registered health care professionals who regularly work with people with dementia in the acute hospital. 

Course content

The two day course is for up to 12 registered healthcare professionals.  It involves presentations, small group discussions and:

  • Simulation workshops in small groups of 5-6 learners where you will be able to practice your communication skills with specially trained simulated patients, receive feedback on your communication and give feedback on the other learners’ communication.
  • Video workshops, using real life video recordings of healthcare professionals communicating with people living with dementia in the acute hospital to identify the communication techniques they use.
  • Reflective workshops, where you try out the communication skills in your clinical practice and then discuss them in a workshop on day 2 of the course. 

Learning outcomes

By the end of this course, when interacting with people with dementia in the acute healthcare setting, you will be able to:

  • Analyse specific aspects of your communication
  • Combine what you already know with new knowledge from the course
  • Apply this knowledge creatively in your clinical interactions
  • Be able to flexibly use a variety of effective communication practices 

Booking a place

Places are open to registered nurses, allied health professionals and medics who work directly with this patient group in the acute hospital.

Venue:             Trent Simulation Centre; Queens Medical Centre, Nottingham

Cost                 £375 for the two days (includes lunch and refreshments)

Course 1:         Friday 22nd March 2019 and Friday 26th April 2019

Course 2:         Thursday 25th April 2019 and Thursday 23rd May 2019.

The two days of the course are one month apart to allow practice of the communication skills in clinical settings.

For more information, or to book your place onto the course contact Debby Lin-Read or Sarah Goldberg

Evidence for the course:

  • The course has been shown to improve healthcare professional’s dementia confidence, communication knowledge and to change communication behaviours.  It has been highly valued by those attending 1.
  • The course maps onto the ‘Skills for Health – Dementia Core Skills Education and Training Framework’ at Tier 3  for communication, interaction and behaviour and person-centred dementia care.
  • It meets all the requirements of the Dementia Training Design and Delivery Audit Tool (DeTDAT).

What people say about the course2:

‘the simulators had so much value as well, that you could challenge yourself, and see whether or not you got better from doing it. Or you could practice some of the techniques, so that was the thing, it's that we were practising them all the time.  I think it's such a valuable way of learning, and it was completely new to me, and I really felt it was really beneficial really.’

‘I really enjoyed it. … having a go at something in a safe environment, where you are not going to be, you can be critiqued but not criticised, I think a lot of people find that very useful.’

‘it definitely gave me the tools that I needed to go on to use it myself so I feel like it was a lot more natural when I use it on a day to day basis but it was nice to be able to practise that in a safe and secure environment where you do get feedback from your colleague before going out to use it…’

‘I thought the structure of it was really good… we were taught different techniques and the theory behind it and then we got to test those out… so I thought it was really well-organised and very logical steps going through…’

‘[the trainer] was always asking for our input so that was really good and just being able to hear what other people were feeling and you could get that sense through the day that things were clicking and people were really reflecting on their clinical practice and how they could improve it…’

‘my colleagues will be like, ‘oh, please can you help with this person, I was just really, really struggling with them’.  From this, this and this reason, and it has given me the opportunity to say... to approach people in a different way, and to try things in a different sense, and definitely we've had different results from me doing it versus them..’

‘I mean it is a confidence thing as well because you've done the training so you actually feel more confident in the way that you communicate with patients because you feel you've had the training, okay, I can do this and you don't feel necessarily so bad if things don't go necessarily the way you want them to go …‘


1 O’Brien R, Goldberg S, Pilnick A, Beeke S, Schneider J, Sartain K, Thomson L, Murray M, Baxendale B, Harwood RH.  The VOICE study – A before and after study of a dementia communication skills training course.  2018.  Available at:


2 Harwood RH, O’Brien R, Goldberg S et al Communication between people living with dementia and healthcare practitioners in hospital: developing and evaluating a staff training intervention: The VOICE Study.  NIHR HS&DR final report.  2018 [in press].