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Meet the Team

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Leigh Simmonds

Leigh Simmonds nee Urwin grew up in the North East. Attended medical school at St George's Hospital Medical School, London and then worked in numerous places often named "Newcastle": Newcastle- under -Lyme and Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia before returning to her beloved Newcastle -upon -Tyne to train in Emergency Medicine.She spent one house-officer job in Darlington Memorial Hospital and two years as a specialist registrar in EM in University Hospital North Durham. She developed an interest in simulation while doing her Masters in Medical Education and developed the simulation for shadowing and the Foundation simulation programs. She confesses to being terrible with eponymous names and the names of educational theories. Her strengths are she gives everyone the benefit of the doubt and she's direct. Her weaknesses are she gives everyone the benefit of the doubt and she's direct! She loves her job but thinks life would be so much better if everyone was just a little bit nicer to each other.


Derek Randles

My name is Dr Derek Randles, Clinical Lead in Simulation at CDDFT. I am also a consultant Anaesthetist at the University Hospital of North Durham. My interests are in integrating interprofessional learning in simulation and Human Factors and Safety Science. When not in work I'm often found walking a large dog or on a bike. Everybody welcome.








John Lewandowski

I am new to the Trust having worked at North Tees and Hartlepool for much of my 28 years in the NHS. I have worked in various roles within Critical Care. These roles include Unit Management, leading the development of the first Critical Care Outreach services, providing an educational framework for staff as Clinical Educator and providing robust a valid and reliable robust approach to data management. Across these roles I have spent many years contributing to or leading on a large range of Trust Policies, Protocols and guidelines.







Craig Dores

I have previsouly served in the British army as a combat medic for the last 20 years provided pre emergency care to sick and injured service personel.

I now start my new role as the simulation tecnnician for the simualtion centre at Bishop Aukland Hopsital.





Rosie Rouell

Hello, my name is Rosie and I am the Medical Education Assistant based at the Clinical Simulation Centre- you will usually find me on reception. Within my job role I cover a number of administrative tasks within the centre as well as  for the wider Medical Education team; including the Rota Team who I work closely with. I assist in the day-to-day running of the centre as well as organising and assisting with any courses being ran at the centre.







Brandon Tribley

Hey I'm Brandon and I'm the digital support technician at the Simulation centre. I will work closely with faculty to help insure simulations run smoothly.





Joseph Haynes

Hi, I'm the current Simulation Teaching Fellow based at Bishop Auckland Hospital. I have previous been one of the Clinical Teaching Fellow at University Hospital North Durham in 2017/18, in which time I complete the post graduate certificate in Medical Education. Since then I have completed my ACCS Anaesthetics training before returning to CDDFT to take up the Simulation Teaching Fellow role. I have a real passion for teaching, especially when it comes to sim, and believe that you learn the most when you feel relaxed and in a supported environment. Because of this we try to make the sim centre as friends as possible and hopefully have some fun along the way. When not at the Sim Centre you'll find me up a hill on my Mountain Bike (trying not to fall off as I come down!) or wondering around Northumberland. Hope to see you at the Sim Centre soon!


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'Care received was fantastic and I was very well looked after and very impressed.'

Patient, Day Surgery, Darlington Memorial Hospital