The UCH Education Centre

Course Title

Non-technical Skills for Theatre Teams 2022-2023


This simulation-based course at University College Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust introduces non-technical skills for theatre teams to enhance patient safety.

Operating theatres and interventional settings are often highly pressured environments with members of the team originating from different professional backgrounds having to work together effectively to perform safe surgery / intervention.  Adverse events are often attributed to poor communication, teamwork and other non-technical skills.

This full immersion simulation programme is designed for all members of the surgical team including nurses, anaesthetists, surgeons and operating department practioners.

The course aims to promote an understanding of:

  • Inter-professional working
  • The theories and evidence relating to adverse events in operating theatres or interventional settings
  • An awareness of Human Factors and the role of non-technical skills in improving individual and team performance
  • Utilising tools and cognitive aids such as the WHO surgical safety checklist to reduce error and improve safety

Additional Information

***Please Note*** This course is only opened to staff working within North Central and East London as well as UCLPartners Simulation Strategy Group. The makeup of UCLPartners Simulation Strategy Group Includes: • Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust • Barts Health NHS Trust • East London NHS Foundation Trust • Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Foundation Trust • Homerton University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust • North East London NHS Foundation Trust • North Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust • Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust • University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust • The Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust • Whittington Health NHS Trust

Course Dates Fee(s)

14/11/2022 to 26/07/2023

Thursday 20th July 2023 - £0.00

Course Director Course Convenor

Dr. Sarah Chievely-Williams and Mr Alistair Hunter



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