We were honored to attend SESAM's 28th annual meeting that took place face to face in Lisbon Portugal on 14th to 16th 2023. SESAM is a society for simulation in Europe and supports the use of simulation in healthcare for the purpose of training and research.

In total, Maudsley Learning presented 3 workshops, 7 presentations, and were involved in the annual Simulation Research Network (SiReN) meeting.

  • Workshop: Setting and maintaining Psychological Safety for learners when addressing unconscious bias and Systemic “isms” in Simulation. - Elaine Thomas
  • Workshop: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) by design: How, when and why to design inequity into simulation in order to address it in the wider world. - Anita Bignell
  • Workshop: Creating Immersive 360 Virtual Reality for Mental Healthcare - From Script to Screen. - Helen Welsh and Kiran Virk
  • Short communication: Using 360° Virtual reality and data driven debriefing to tackle racial inequalities training. - Helen Welsh and Geraldine Clay
  • Short communication: The impact of debrief models on self-efficacy within mental health simulation training: a quantitative analysis. - Marta Ortega Vega
  • Short communication: Mental Wellbeing update for Pharmacists: Mental Health Simulation Training for Pharmacists. - Dr Kirsten Howson
  • Oral presentation: Understanding trauma and its impacts on children and adolescents' mental health: A blended learning course for mental health professionals. - Dr Naila Saleem
  • Oral presentation: Simulation Teaching for the Gatwick Detainees Welfare Group - Supporting Refugees with Mental Health Needs - Dr Imogen Bidwell
  • Short communication: The Ambulance course - Anita Bignell
  • Short communication: The Coroner's Court course - Dr Megan Fisher

The workshops were very positively received, with participants taking away new skills and inspiration to implement in their own practice, including topics of EDI, Psychological Safety, and innovating in training through Virtual Reality and 360 video. Excitingly, two of our team's abstracts, 'Understanding trauma and its impacts on children and adolescents' mental health: A blended learning course for mental health professionals' and 'The Coroner's Court course' were accepted as two of the best abstract submissions to the conference, and will be published in the Advances in Simulation Journal.

We were able to discuss new potential international collaborations for research and training, and continued the SESAM success with an ASPIH journal club presentation on Monday 19th of June on the research paper that was also presented at SESAM.

We are incredibly proud of our Maudsley Learning colleagues and the amazing work they do every day to improve the lives of patients, families, and carers through their commitment to providing the highest quality mental health education. We look forward to continuing sharing this work further and connecting with others doing innovative work in this area!