NESN Event 2019

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The North East Simulation Network will be holding their second regional event at the new 

Knowledge Exchange Hub at Northumbria University, Coach Lane Campus on 21st March 2019 .

This event will showcase best practice in simulation based medical education from both the North East and around the UK.

If you are regularly involved in simulation based education or simply interested in simulation as an educational tool this event is for you!

The event is aimed at a multi- disciplinary audience from all aspect of healthcare and will also feature our the TECHnology  room program, led by the NESN tech champions.


Confirmed keynote speakers include:

Prof Bob Jarman, MSc Point of Care Ultrasound Lead, Teesside University

Bob Jarman was raised in Yorkshire, trained in the north east of England and now practices as a Consultant in Emergency Medicine based at the Great North Trauma and Emergency Centre, Royal Victoria Infirmary, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK. He has been instrumental in establishing education and training programmes in point-of-care ultrasound (PoCUS) in the UK and internationally. He is lead for a successful Masters programme in PoCUS based at Teesside University. Middlesbrough, UK, where he is also a Visiting Professor.

Bob has previously chaired the UK Royal College of Emergency Medicine Ultrasound Subcommittee, National PoCUS Committee of the British Medical Ultrasound Society and is the outgoing chair of the Emergency Ultrasound Specialty Interest Group of the International Federation of Emergency Medicine (IFEM). He has published in peer-reviewed journals and was the lead author for the IFEM Ultrasound Curriculum Guidance. 

Bob's special interest is in PoCUS education and training and PoCUS in the high-acuity sick and injured patient, especially chest, echocardiography and shock protocols. He has also led training initiatives for clinicians working in austere and prehospital environments.

Bob is also a patron for the north-east charity Northumbria Blood Bikes, which delivers essential blood and medical supplies throughout the northeast at evenings and weekends, including the Blood-on-Board service for the Great North Air Ambulances.

Dr Julie Mardon,  Lead for Undergraduate Simulation Training, Glasgow Medical School

Julie is an emergency medicine consultant based in Crosshouse Hospital Ayrshire and Arran and leads simulation training within this region. She also is lead for undergraduate Simulation training at Glasgow Medical School. Over the years she has delivered many in situ simulation training programmes. Most recently after a fellowship in quality improvement she has combined in situ simulation and quality improvement methodologies. This has enabled improvement in quality of patient care and patient safety. Her presentation will cover details of these improvement projects with emphasis on how to use in situ simulation most effectively

The program will also feature a NESN shining stars section, providing an opportunity to see local speakers  who have won prizes at national conferences such as Dr Noni Mordi, winner of the ASME 2018 Masterclass Prize, for "Mapping and interpreting fidelity in simulation based medical education"

This is a free event but places are limited.

If you were unable to catch MELISSA at the launch this is another opportunity to see her!

For further updates follow us on twitter @NEsimulation #NESN19

Poster and Short Comms Abstract Submission is open.

Poster Abstract Application

Posters will be on display throughout the event and you are invited to submit an abstract giving a brief overview of your work.  All applications will be considered by a panel led by the organising committee and a limited number may be chosen for short 5 minute oral presentations highlighting local work.  Poster abstracts are limited to 300 words – the word count does not include author names/affiliations or any references. Posters will be judged by our visiting speakers.

In keeping with the event theme, where abstracts highlight clear, successful multidisciplinary collaborative working, the panel may invite authors to present the work in a short communications session, totalling 10 minute presentation with 5 minutes for questions.  

The timetable below details key dates in the application process.

  1. All applications to be submitted online     15th February

  2. Review panel will consider applications and agree those to be invited / declined    15th - 20th February

  3. Confirmation sent in writing (email) to successful and declined applications 20th February

  4. Simulation Network Event takes place    21st March 2019

Abstract Application guidance:

  • Posters will be judged on the contribution to enhancing patient safety through medical education using simulation or other technology enhanced learning methods.
  • The project title must be clearly identified.
  • Abstracts must be no longer than 300 words (including headings), with a max of 1 table/figure, and 3 references. 
  • The background, method, results, and conclusion must be detailed.
  • Contact details must be included so other delegates can get in touch with you afterwards. 
  • Authors submitting give permission to share image of poster on NESN website post event for prize winning posters. 

Guidance and Judging criteria– should your abstract be accepted for poster presentation 

Guidance•  Portrait orientation is preferred for posters.

•  For posters that have already been prepared – any size can be submitted.
•  For posters to be newly prepared – we suggest a size up to A1.
•  PDF copies will need to be submitted a week before the conference.

Judging criteria will be based on:-
•   Degree of Kirkpatrick level evidence obtained.
•   Degree of collaborative or multidisciplinary involvement
•   Originality of initiative
•   Evidence of evaluation of impact
•   Appearance and overall presentation of the poster itself.

Please submit via the get in touch form on the contact us page including following information:

  • Authors Full Name
  • Organisation of Employment
  • Contact Details including valid email
  • Title of Project
  • Abstract under headings of Background, Method, Results, Conclusion