Carrie HamiltonDirector, Education, Training and Innovation, SimComm Academy
Carrie Hamilton has 30 years’ experience working in healthcare systems in the UK, USA and Canada. She has nursing registration in three countries, originally qualifying at St Thomas’ Hospital, London in 1986.
Studying at the London School of Tropical Medicine prepared her well as an expedition nurse in Africa and the RCN in-flight nursing course, intensive care and emergency background prepared her for nursing in North America and Canada where transportation of critically ill patients became a specialist area; she published and presented. In 1995, Carrie led the emergency department at University Hospital Southampton (UHS) and researched roles of specialist nurses within the organisation.
The Nightingale Fellowship Award in 2004 enabled her to research the international perspective on the organisational infrastructure necessary to support simulated patient (SP) programmes in health care education. She has developed and led the SP programme in Wessex, for a number of years; it gained national and international recognition.
A focus on patient safety, incorporation of national priorities and both simulated patient and real patient involvement are key to SimComm Academy, where Carrie is now a Director. Communication training through simulation reflects the diverse population demographic and includes children, people with learning disabilities and those with English as a second language. SimComm Academy works with many different NHS, academic and industry based organisations, weaving SP engagement into educational delivery.
Carrie is an executive member of ASPiH which is dedicated to improving patient care and professional performance through simulated practice within the UK and is co-founder of the national group SPOTS (Simulated Patient Organisers and Trainers). Her varied background has led to her being an effective and synergistic lead within the SP community. At the heart of everything that she has ever done in healthcare, is the patient and the patient’s family, whether working in a clinical, leadership or educational capacity; she is true to the values of the National Health Service