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Vall d’Hebron Centre for Advanced 
Clinical Simulation

The Vall d’Hebron Centre for Advanced Clinical Simulation is part of Vall d’Hebron University Hospital and serves this institution in a cross-disciplinary manner. It is one of the pillars of the Hospital’s Teaching Department. 

 Its mission is to position Vall d’Hebron as the leading hospital in the use of simulations in training programmes as a model for education efficiency.  To achieve this, Vall d’Hebron Centre for Advanced Clinical Simulation works to provide healthcare, education, research and innovation activities involving simulation that may have a direct impact on the improvement of healthcare quality and patient safety, as well as to enhance innovative education methods that use simulation.  
Our model for the centre:
Strategic lines:

We enhance innovative 
educational methodologies

Simulation training

  • Simulations for building non-technical skills, such as leadership, teamwork, communication, decision-making and situational awareness. 
  • Simulations for building technical skills 
  • Gamification, online learning (e-learning), serious game, virtual reality 
  • Tailoring of scenarios  
Project design

  • Promotion of research and development of new simulators and equipment 
  • Fostering of new learning skills based on innovative teaching methods 
  • Participation in national and international projects   

  • Development of new healthcare techniques through the creation of a safe and realistic spaces. 
  • Public-private collaboration with companies through co-creation and performance, usability, and user experience assessments.  
External training  

  • Training of healthcare professionals in both basic and highly specialised procedures, using clinical simulation programmes that harness new methods and technology. 
Vall d’Hebron Classroom
How do we work?

The Technical Commission for Simulation Support (CTSS) is a multidisciplinary commission with representatives from all three hospitals (the General Hospital, the Children's and Women's Hospital and the Traumatology, Rehabilitation and Burns Hospital), and it has the following aims: 

  • To develop simulation-based skills-training programmes. 
  • To define quality standards for simulation activities and ensure they are complied with. 
  • To evaluate and supervise simulation-related initiatives, as well as provide support for them. 
  • To analyse the impact of simulated actions on healthcare quality and patient safety. 

 We currently have a total of 80 simulation leaders from the hospital’s various healthcare areas, who are ambassadors for the use of simulations. In addition, we have 100 professionals who are trained as instructors for the provision of simulation-based training at Vall d’Hebron Hospital. 

 Who is it aimed at?

  • Degree-level training
  • Postgraduate training 
  • Master's programmes 
  • Continuous professional development 

Where are we? 

 At present, this ever-growing 300 m2 centre has a total of six rooms, two of which have a flexible modular layout that can be adapted as needed. There are specific rooms for simulated scenarios, fitted with touch screens and with capacity for up to 20 people; a convertible room for up to 30 people; and a classroom for theoretical instruction that boasts a recording and video conferencing system.  

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Activities with simulation as
the main aspect

VH simulation leader course

The aim of this course was to identify simulation ambassadors for each of the hospital’s various areas and departments, disseminate information about what simulation is and the work carried out by Vall d’Hebron Centre for Advanced Clinical Simulation, and establish a link with the main pillar of the Vall d’Hebron Centre for Advanced Clinical Simulation project: simulation leaders. Its main tasks are: 

  • To promote and increase interest in simulation as a basic training tool for technical and non-technical skills. 
  • To boost simulation initiatives and activities. 
  • To detect needs and start designing activities to provide solutions. 
  • To help draw up repeatable and exportable simulation projects. 

At present, our hospital has a total of 80 simulation leaders who are committed to simulation. 

Vall d'Hebron simulation instructor course

The course is divided into two phases. The first of these is an online phase whose main aims are the promotion of patient safety through simulation, learning about its theoretical foundations, understanding simulation and its properties, acquiring the necessary teaching skills to lead simulation activities, describing non-technical skills and learning about training programmes for such skills, and providing tools for the design and assessment of simulation scenarios and the conduct of briefing and debriefing sessions. 

This is followed by a two-day face-to-face phase of strictly practical teaching in which students work on a variety of simulation scenarios in order to put into practice everything they have been working on during the online phase, with particular emphasis on briefing and debriefing.    

Participation in the 1st UCSI (Outpatient Surgery Unit) Patient Safety Conference

The aim was to raise awareness of the importance of safety and communication in surgical processes by means of a number of experimental learning-based activities.

The activity was organised by the Processes Unit, the Safety Commission, the Technical Commission for Simulation Support, the Teaching Department and the Knowledge Management and Assessment Unit. 

 The conference was recognised by the Spanish Association for Clinical Simulation and Patient Safety (SESSEP), with registration number 2519.  

Information session for HUVH nursing department heads

The event was inaugurated by M. Ángeles Barba (Head of Nursing) and Dr Mónica Rodríguez Carballeira (Director of Studies and Director of Teaching). 

 The project was presented by Dr Jordi Bañeras (coordinator of the Vall d’Hebron Centre for Advanced Clinical Simulation Technical Commission for Simulation Support), Laura Millan and Meritxell Jiménez (paediatric ICU nurses), and members of the CTSS. 

 A total of 90 heads of nursing took part. 

 The importance of including nursing professionals as simulation leaders and instructors was emphasised.