About the NISHFN

The Northern Ireland Simulation and Human Factors Network (NISHFN) is an informal organisation that will meet to further the interests of both providers of and participants in simulation-based education and human factors training in healthcare. It has no legal basis as an entity and therefore has no assets and no authority. Office bearers have no legal responsibilities other than those that pertain to their roles and duties demanded by their profession and employers.

Aims of the NISHFN

The NISHFN will share ideas and innovation, which relate to simulation-based education and human factors training in healthcare. As a group we are bound by an ethos of excellence and a code of conduct that promotes interprofessional learning through mutual respect. We will define and maintain standards by transparency and peer review.

Membership

All healthcare simulation centres and those involved in the development and delivery of simulation-based education and human factors training, regardless of clinical background, in N Ireland are invited to become members of the network.

A deputy Chair will be elected for an initial term of three years.

The ADEPT Simulation Fellow will act as NISHFN Secretary for the term of their appointment as ADEPT Fellow.

Quorum

As the network has no legal status no quorum is required. Decisions taken by the members present at meetings are advisory only.

Frequency of meetings

The NISHFN will meet at least four times each year. Additional meetings may be held by agreement with the Chair of the NISHFN.

Purpose

The NI Simulation and Human Factors Network shall serve as a forum for discussions regarding clinical simulation activity in Northern Ireland. It aims to improve the quality of simulation training in N Ireland by sharing good practice and encouraging all those involved to improve the quality of the simulation interventions they deliver.

The network will liaise with the NI Medical and Dental Training Agency and local universities and any other relevant parties to provide them with advice on strategic direction. It will encourage the use of quality assured and cost effective interventions. The NISHFN will make meeting minutes and reports available to all members and to other appropriate interested parties.

The primary purposes of the NISHFN are to:

  • Serve as a forum for discussions regarding healthcare simulation activity in N Ireland
  • To improve the quality of simulation training in N Ireland
  • Share good practice and encourage all those involved to improve the quality of the simulation intervention
  • Encourage the use of quality assured and cost effective simulation interventions
  • Support the implementation of agreed standards for simulation programmes
  • Provide a forum for information sharing on local and national education and workforce development initiatives
  • Provide a forum for engaging with our key educational partners to facilitate collaborative developments between the local providers, local education providers, Trust’s and partners.
  • To encourage the maintenance and alignment of simulation faculty development across N Ireland
  • Develop an inventory of all simulation programmes in N Ireland
  • Develop and maintain an NISHFN website
  • Organise an annual Autumn Conference open to all involved with or interested in simulation-based education and human factors training

Accountability

The limit of the accountability of the network is that of the individual members.

Reporting

The chair of the meeting will make minutes available via the network website when established. The website will by accessible by the members and invited parties such as NIMDTA and the universities.