The Day The Simulator Died


21 March 2019:  1 x Paediatric Registrar

4 July 2019

11 October 2019



16 March 2018: COURSE FULL

11 May 2018: COURSE FULL

13 September 2018: COURSE FULL

Course Lead

Dr Susie Pawley

The Course

The Day the Simulator Died is a fully immersive multi-professional/multi agency simulation based education day that follows the care pathway of a child who has died unexpectedly, and their family, from home (pre-hospital) through to the Emergency Department and beyond.  The day is designed to help prepare learners who may be faced with unexpected child death.


Workshops covering APLS management of cardiac arrest, decision making – when to stop resuscitation, statutory and legal processes (Child Death Overview Panel)

High fidelity simulations of resuscitations, including the presence of simulated parents and experience of breaking bad news teamworking

Focussed communication and guidance sessions of difficult conversation and explaining local child death procedures

Target groups
Frontline multi-professional/multi agency paediatric cardiac arrest team involved in managing an unexpected child death in the Emergency Department:

Paramedics, ODP’s, Anaesthetists, Paediatric and A&E Nurses and medical staff (Paediatric/A&E, junior and senior doctors), Consultants, Police Officers

Places are limited across the discliplines to ensure a ‘hands-on’ team working experience

Fee Structure

The cost of the March course has been kindly funded by Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust to staff across the KSS Region. Applications are welcome from candidates outside the region but a charge of £150 for medics, £50 for non medics will be made.

from July 2019

BSUH non-medics            free (but departmental cost code/deposit (£50) required)

BSUH medics                    £100 (working at BSUH at time of attending the course)

SECAMB paramedic        free (but departmental cost code/deposit required)

Non-BSUH non-medic    £50

Non-BSUH medic            £150

Cancellation charge

If you need to cancel or reschedule your course, please note that a minimum of 4 weeks’ notice is required.  If you cancel without sufficient notice or do not attend the course, the deposit/course fee will be forfeited.


The course will be held at the KSS Children’s Simulation Centre


The course is open to all healthcare staff, paramedics and police officers across Kent, Surrey and Sussex.

If you wish to register for this course please use the form below:
Registration Form TDTSD

Feedback from delegates from previous courses includes:

“What a fantastic and realistically immersive study day.  I feel better prepared and learnt so much from the instructors, actors and my colleagues on the day.  I have recommended this day to my Critical Care Outreach colleagues.”

“I have had the opportunity since to put into practice the knowledge I learnt.  My experience allowed me to help break the bad news to the parents and I felt more confident in the procedures following a child death.”

“I have better understanding of how to deal with a child cardiac arrest in terms of procedures and protocols. Feel confident and I could deal better with upset and distraught parents.”

“Thank you to the organisers – course was well organised, faculty very helpful, actors were excellent, simulations well run. I feel more confident but think need more clinical experience, but this day really helped. Simulations especially useful.”