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Vol 133 No 1516: 12 June 2020

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Sustaining multidisciplinary team training in New Zealand hospitals: a qualitative study of a national simulation-based initiative | OPEN ACCESS

NetworkZ is national simulation-based team training programme for training operating room staff. In a high-fidelity simulation, operating room teams practice managing unusual and difficult surgical ‘patients’. Staff learn together, with their usual teams and in their own operating theatres. In a training environment as close to real as it can get, staff have the opportunity to refine their communication and teamwork skills so that they are better prepared to manage patients in clinical practice. Getting whole operating room teams together for training can be challenging and potentially difficult to sustain. We sought perspectives from a range of staff involved in NetworkZ training in their local hospital about sustaining the team training programme into the future. They valued the programme because of the improvements in teamwork and emergency management they’d seen following NetworkZ, and valued the unique, multidisciplinary features of the programme. The programme is resource intensive due to in-situ delivery, the attention to detail required to make scenarios realistic and the skills required of instructors to run and debrief the simulations. For programme sustainability we therefore call on a commitment from regulatory bodies and funders for multidisciplinary team training initiatives such as NetworkZ.

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Vol 133 No 1516: 12 June 2020

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Article
SUMMARY

Sustaining multidisciplinary team training in New Zealand hospitals: a qualitative study of a national simulation-based initiative | OPEN ACCESS

NetworkZ is national simulation-based team training programme for training operating room staff. In a high-fidelity simulation, operating room teams practice managing unusual and difficult surgical ‘patients’. Staff learn together, with their usual teams and in their own operating theatres. In a training environment as close to real as it can get, staff have the opportunity to refine their communication and teamwork skills so that they are better prepared to manage patients in clinical practice. Getting whole operating room teams together for training can be challenging and potentially difficult to sustain. We sought perspectives from a range of staff involved in NetworkZ training in their local hospital about sustaining the team training programme into the future. They valued the programme because of the improvements in teamwork and emergency management they’d seen following NetworkZ, and valued the unique, multidisciplinary features of the programme. The programme is resource intensive due to in-situ delivery, the attention to detail required to make scenarios realistic and the skills required of instructors to run and debrief the simulations. For programme sustainability we therefore call on a commitment from regulatory bodies and funders for multidisciplinary team training initiatives such as NetworkZ.