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.
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.
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
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.
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.
'I cannot commend the clinic enough. It is marvellous we
have this service at all and well done to you all.'
Patient, Coronary Heart Disease / Heart Failure Service, Shotley
Bridge Community Hospital