Simulation Training

Trauma Team Training Day

Trauma Team Training Day

Trauma Team Training is a one day multidisciplinary program run 3-4 times per year at Liverpool Hospital. The day focuses on teams rather than individuals. It provides an opportunity to perform and respond as a team to simulated cases of seriously injured patients.  While revising general principles of trauma management, it instructs teams in specific behavioural skills and attitudes relevant to effective teamwork.

Non-technical skills such as effective communication, leadership and working cohesively as a team are seen as essential components of a well-functioning trauma team.  A team that functions effectively results in timely definitive care and management.   In turn this results in good clinical outcomes in trauma resuscitation and improved patient safety.  

Simulation based training for medical and nursing staff is an effective training technique, especially with developing those non-technical skills. It aims to provide participants with immersive scenarios so they have an opportunity to rehearse in a comfortable, safe and familiar environment. 

The key objectives of the day are:
  • Leadership skills
  • Team roles / responsibilities
  • Crisis management
  • Team communication
  • Conflict resolution and negotiation skills
  • Staff and patient safety

The day targets the multidisciplinary approach to trauma management. Trainee doctors from Intensive Care, Surgery, Emergency Medicine and Anaesthetics, as well as Nursing Staff from these disciplines, attend the one day combination of theoretical and immersive simulations. Much emphasis is placed on constructive feedback and discussions around better team performance and management.


Paediatric Trauma Simulation Day

Dr Valerie Malka is the Director of the Trauma and Acute Care Surgical Unit at Liverpool Hospital. She was the previous Director of Trauma Services at Westmead Hospital for over a decade. She is an EMST Director and DSTC Instructor with a great passion for trauma and acute care surgery. With special interests in education and quality assurance she has worked extensively in patient safety and the maintenance of ethics in healthcare. Valerie has worked with the International Committee of the Red Cross and the International Rescue Committee and holds a Diploma in International Humanitarian Assistance from Geneva University and a Master’s Degree in International Public Health with a major in Humanitarian Law. She also holds a Master’s degree in Journalism and works freelance writing medical, health and wellbeing articles.