Table-top simulation is a familiar feature in major incident and natural disaster training. It is a cost-effective way of training staff to respond to serious incidents. With increasing pressures in emergency departments, we decided to develop an easy to use table-top simulation to develop the skills essential to manage a busy and ever-changing emergency department.
The Floor is intense, enjoyable and effective. It has been tested in a range of emergency departments across the world with doctors, nurses and executive managers (clinical and non-clinical).
How is THE FLOOR being used?
The game has now been played with a range of ED healthcare professionals –senior house officers and foundation doctors, registrars (SpRs), consultants, nurses, health care assistants (HCA) and management teams. It has been played and tested in a range of organisations and settings in the UK, USA and Myanmar. The Floor is used routinely at BSUH during Major Incident training days for ED nurses and HCAs and is formally part of the teaching and training programme for junior doctors of all grades.
The cost: for unlimited group ED simulation training
Standard Price for 1 game:
£900 (plus VAT and delivery)
‘Early bird’ prices:
1 game £800 (plus VAT and delivery)
2 or more games £750 each game (plus VAT and delivery)
The Floor is a sophisticated group training tool designed to help improve performance and safety. The game includes a wide range of scenarios, events and patient profiles making The Floor a very flexible and adaptive training resource for all ED staff and managers.
If you only use the game once with 12 people = £75 per person for 90 minutes of training.
But, you can use The Floor as often as you want. Every time you play the cost is diluted. At Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals they’ve used their game 10 times this year with over 100 staff members. The cost is now:
Less than £10 per person for 90 minutes of training.
The training happens in the workplace, so disruption is minimised. No external support is required so there are no hidden costs. How does this compare to other forms of training?
Dr Salwa Malik is an Emergency Medicine Consultant and the Emergency Department Simulation Lead at Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust. She studied Medicine at Imperial College School of Medicine and completed her Foundation training at Addenbrookes’ and West Suffolk Hospital NHS Trust. She then completed her Emergency Medicine training in the Kent, Surrey and Sussex (KSS) Deanery.