Simulation Fellows

Biographies and interest areas

The UCLPartners Simulation Fellows Programme links each fellow to a specific specialty-based simulation project. The role of these Simulation Fellows includes co-ordination of their simulation project across UCLPartners’ organisations, networking to improve equity of access to simulation across specialities and professional groups, and development of new simulation-based educational initiatives across UCLPartners.

They also contribute to a multi-professional group of simulation faculty and simulation-based research across UCLPartners.

Radha Gadhok, MBBSc MRCP

I am a third-year Gastroenterology Registrar on the North-West London rotation.  I am currently taking one year out of training to take up a role as a UCLPartners’ Simulation fellow within the field of gastroenterology, primarily based at The Homerton Hospital.

I hope to better evaluate, develop and deliver simulation courses as part of training for nurses and doctors of all grades within my specialty.  This has begun with the expanded delivery of three types of one-day course, which we are running from a number of hospital trusts. These provide training in the areas of basic endoscopic skill development, managing clinical scenarios in gastroenterology and endoscopy and non-technical skill development also in these clinical areas.  We are also expanding the delivery of regular ‘in-situ’ simulation training in these clinical settings at Homerton Hospital.

I have also begun a part time MA in Clinical Education at the UCL Institute of Education, London with an aim to explore the impact of expanding specialty specific simulation training.

Dan Hughes, MBChB BMedSc (Hons) MRCPsych

I am a psychiatry trainee with an interest in general adult psychiatry alongside medical education, and currently one of the UCLPartners’ Simulation Fellows. Within simulation, I have been involved in setting up an interdisciplinary simulation training which is aimed at developing communication skills between the various team members.

There is a focus on challenging clinical and non-clinical situations commonly faced by in-patient and community mental health teams. This is currently in the process of being delivered, in pilot form, to trusts across UCLPartners. I have also been involved in running simulation courses for trainee psychiatrists to help progress their communication skills and am currently establishing a psychiatric simulation course for core medical trainees at The Whittington Hospital. At a local level, I am part of the team building the first mental health specific simulation suite in North London, which will be based at St Pancras Hospital.

Katie McDonald, MBChB FRCPath

I studied medicine at the University of Glasgow, and worked in the North of Scotland for Foundation training. I am currently a trainee histopathologist working in London, having just passed the FRCPath part 2 examination. My sub-specialty interests include haematopathology, gynaecological pathology, cytology and autopsy. I am two-thirds of the way through a Masters in Medical Education at the Institute of Education, now merged with UCL.

The histopathology simulation project has been ongoing for several years and contains numerous sets of slides from different surgical and medical specimens, with accompanying teaching materials and discussion of differential diagnoses. The project will be based across sites, mainly at the Royal London Hospital where there is access to a slide scanner and abundant material. Work will include evaluation of current modules, surveying trainees to decide new training modules, and development of assessment areas on the website.

Kate O’Loughlin, MRCPCH, MBBS, MSc, BSc Hons

I am a ST5 Paediatric Trainee with a keen interest in education, simulation and paediatric emergency medicine. I am delighted to have the opportunity to work within UCLPartners as a simulation fellow. My area of interest in simulation lies mainly in debriefing methods and standardising debriefing practices to enhance learning through effective reflection and debriefing.

I have experience delivering simulation training as part of the Medway Maritime Hospital Simulation Faculty Group and as a newly appointed member of the Faculty Development Group at the London School of Paediatrics.

My other areas of interest include developing tools to assess the deterioration of the acutely unwell child, designing educational e-learning resources to support the delivery of simulation across UCLPartners, analysing critical incidents and devising simulation scenarios based on critical incident themes.

Gary P. Robinson, BA (Hons) DipHe PgCert Med Sim

I am an Operating Department Practitioner (ODP), with advanced training in Anaesthetic Practice. I became interested in education following my advanced practice training when offered a place as Simulation Faculty, where I helped in the design and delivery of Anaesthetic and Allied Health Professional courses and early development of new simulation facilities. In addition to my clinical role and extensive simulation duties I was appointed lead training mentor for Kings College Hospital Theatres with responsibility for the all staff training and mentor development.

I was the link mentor for London South Bank University who are responsible for the provision of academic studies relating to trainee ODP’s and their placement for clinical skills training in theatre departments across London Trusts. I was invited by the University to become a Visiting Lecturer for the delivery of anaesthetic training and simulation training at their state of the art facility, which is a post I still hold.

I am passionate about medical education and my post graduate training is in Medical Simulation and Education. My current post is UCLPartners’ Simulation Fellow at the Education Academy, Royal London Hospital, where I am responsible for the design, implementation and delivery of Haptic Virtual Reality simulation training for Interventional Radiology and Cardiology. Additionally I engage in acute simulation and clinical skills training in the Academy.

Kalpesh R. Vaghela, MBBS BSc(Hons) MRCS DipMedED

I am a Trauma and Orthopaedic Registrar on the Percivall Pott Rotation, North East Thames. Alongside this I have developed an interest in medical education and have completed a Diploma in Medical Education at University College London. This enabled me to take up my current role as a UCLPartners’ Simulation fellow based at the Education Academy’s Haptic Facility, Royal London Hospital.

In addition to delivering high quality simulation for Trauma & Orthopaedic trainees across the four North East Thames rotations I shall be providing the Fundamentals of Arthroscopic Surgery Training (FAST) programme and non-technical skills courses. I am also undertaking a PhD at Queen Mary, University of London. My project will focus on developing novel assessment and rating tools in rating Trauma & Orthopaedic surgical skills with the ultimate aim of integrating simulation into the Orthopaedic curriculum.