BMSC offers four different Simulation Training fellowship posts:

  • Military Simulation Fellow

  • Foundation Year 2 Simulation Fellow

  • Fellow in Paediatric Simulation Research and Intensive Care Medicine

  • International Simulation Fellow

Each year Bristol Medical Simulation Centre organizes 120 courses and delivers training to approximately 1500 delegates. We appoint two teaching/research fellows who are taught how to teach using a range of clinical simulators and will develop the skills to undertake the design, organization and delivery of course material.

Military Simulation Fellow

This one year post is open to any postgraduate trainee doctor currently employed by the RAF, Army or Royal Navy. The post combines clinical and acute on-call duties within relevant specialties at University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust, with the opportunity to undertake protected research and teaching in Simulation-based training. Successful applicants are also encouraged to enroll on The University of Bristol’s Teaching & Learning For Health Professionals (THLP) fast-track (1 year) postgraduate certificate of education (enrolls in September).

With support, the successful applicant is expected to:

  1. Operate, teach and facilitate courses using a range of human patient simulators.
  2. Liaise directly with course organisers to develop and deliver effective simulation-based training courses within budget constraints.
  3. Manage and train external members of faculty, and in turn to develop their teaching and facilitation skills using simulation.

The post holder attends BMSC core faculty meetings and is appraised quarterly to ensure achievement of specific learning objectives during the course of the year attached to BMSC. Many of the tasks required in this role may provide suitable material for submission to modules in the University of Bristol TLHP programme.

Two of our previous military fellows published a detailed review of this post in September 2013 (pdf):

‘A year as a military fellow in clinical simulation, teaching and research’
Major Claire Gaunt & Dr Claire Jones
Royal College of Anaesthetists – Bulletin 81 September 2013

For further information, please contact

Foundation Year 2 Fellow

The 4 month simulation F2 fellow job developed from the previous anatomy demonstrating post, which was discontinued in 2013 due to funding. It is a unique post within the foundation programme to develop your teaching experience, assist on courses and do something a bit different. There is flexibility within the role, and scope to mould the job into whatever you want. It is anticipated that by the end of four months you should be able to confidently plan, deliver and critically evaluate a blended learning approach including simulation education.

You will be expected to assimilate the following simulation/educational knowledge and skills:

  1. Sound grasps of principles of design and development of education intervention
  2. Ability to demonstrate planning and facilitate simulation education both within the simulation centre and in a point-of-care setting
  3. Effective use of moulage and props to create realistic simulated environments and scenarios
  4. To develop debrief technical skills and human factors and team training scenarios
  5. Describe the educational theory and research behind the different teaching strategies and techniques

During your time here you will be working as part of a multidisciplinary team delivering the education under the supervision and direction of your educational supervisors.

During your 4 months this will include:

  • Assistance on courses
    BMSC run numerous postgraduate courses and the occasional undergraduate course and you will be expected to assist on these – from operating the mannikins to delivering teaching. Examples of courses include Acute Medical Emergencies for CMT trainees, PIC Retrieval course for Anaesthetic trainees, Medical emergencies for third-year dentists to name a few. The BMSC nurse educator will usually send you the relevant preparation materials/scenarios to you the day before. You normally have to set-up the mannikins the day before the course as well.
  • Simulation based research
    Before we started the simulation job, we thought about short-term projects we could do over the 4 months to complete over the rotation and also a longer-term 12 month project to continue together with the other simulation fellows. Any undergraduate teaching needs to be discussed with the South Bristol Academy. These projects do not have to be aimed at evaluating educational interventions but can be anything from administrative side (collating feedback) to technical aspects of simulation. If you have not already done so, it is worth meeting with Dan Freshwater-Turner to discuss these projects as they have a wealth of experience within simulation and education and are very helpful.
  • Point-of-care simulation
    Point-of-care simulation (POC), or in situ simulation, is simulation training, which takes place within the hospital. It involves teaching using a manikin within a ward setting to healthcare professionals. This is very enjoyable and there are usually days set aside in the calendar to go round the medical and surgical wards. We cover a range of medical wards, surgical wards and eye hospital. Both POC settings are being still undergoing development and you could act to develop these (e.g. organise POC, collate scenarios under the POC simulation workspace etc.)
  • Clinical duties
    As this is part of the foundation programme you are still required to complete your clinical competencies. This is difficult to do outside of the clinical environment and therefore it is best to do this on your one-day-a-week clinical job. Matt and I decided to do one-day a week on the medical take but you are welcome to do it in something that interests you (surgical take etc.).
  • Other
    Any available time when you’re not on courses/teaching should be used for educational reasons. This is easily filled up with study days, taster sessions, audits, regional F2 teaching days, two-weekly F2 local teaching (every other Wednesday), other medical student teaching, courses, conferences, meetings, journal club etc. You might also get asked ad-hoc to help out with Paediatric simulation training.

This is a new F2 rotation and therefore you have the opportunity to pioneer and mould it into whatever you want it to be. A typical day is 9-5. It can be flexible at times and requires trust and honesty between you and your supervisors. We are fortunate to have the chance to work for four months in a world-class simulation centre. It certainly makes a nice change to get out of the ward environment and is a job that looks very different on paper to your normal F2 placements and will only benefit you in the future. This is your chance to embrace simulation, gain teaching experience and get as much out of the job as possible.

Paediatric Clinical Simulation Fellow

This one year post is operated as a clinical appointment to the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit at Bristol Children’s Hospital, University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust.

The Fellow post combines delivery of simulation education as part of the BPSP with clinical duties in Paediatric Intensive Care and provides opportunities to gain a medical education qualification from the University of Bristol (TLHP) and undertake simulation-based research. Though unusual, this year could be extended if desired dependent on satisfactory performance. This post would be suitable for a trainee who has a minimum of core training in a parent specialty such as Paediatrics or Anaesthesia. Previous experience of simulation education, though helpful, is not essential. The successful candidate will be developed through the combination of structured modular faculty development programme and mentorship.

The Bristol Paediatric Simulation Programme (BPSP) was established in 2007 in order to bring together all aspects of simulator-based training involving the care of infants and children. The four pillars of the programme are education, patient safety, quality improvement and research. The programme is multi-professional and supports events in the Simulation Centre, at point of care (ward and other clinical environments) and an outreach programme to district general hospitals. It aims to support and develop the use of simulation as a tool in the education of all healthcare professionals; with a particular focus on team training and multi-disciplinary working. From its base in the Bristol Medical Simulation Centre, the programme has focused on branching out to develop simulation events within clinical areas. It aims to bring realistic opportunities to practise clinical assessment and team working skills to the bedside; on the wards, in the emergency department and in the operating theatre environment. There are currently 9 integrated educational programmes, supported by the BPSP, that have integrated simulation into their educational delivery plans.

Paediatric fellows are expected to assimilate the following Simulation/Educational knowledge and skills:

  • Sound grasp of principles of design and development of educational intervention.
  • Ability to demonstrate planning and facilitating Simulation Education both within the Simulation Centre and in a Point of Care setting.
  • Effective use of moulage and props to create realistic simulated environments and scenarios.
  • Ability to effectively debrief technical skill and human factors and team training scenario’s.
  • Describe the Educational theory and research behind the different teaching strategies and techniques.

Research both into the methodology and efficacy of simulation based education will form an important part of this post. It is anticipated that the successful candidate would undertake the following strands of research:

  • Large multinational, multicentre funded research projects that the BPSP are enrolled in. This will afford candidate experience in conducting large multicentre simulation based educational research.
  • Local simulation based research projects. These are often smaller pilot projects that are single centre studies. Often part of BPSP strategy to evaluate efficacy of educational interventions.
  • Personal simulation based educational research project. During the course of the year the BPSP simulation fellow is expected to conceive, design, deliver and publish a simulation based research project. They will be supported through this process by BPSP Director.

During the performance of your simulation duties you will be working as part of a multidisciplinary team delivering the education under the supervision and direction of the BPSP Director and the Paediatric Simulation Co-ordinator. As part of the team you will design and facilitate simulation education in paediatrics throughout the trust. These events range from practical skill based simulation with Medical and Nursing learners to highly immersive Human Factors Team training. It is anticipated that successful applicants will present their work at National and potentially International Simulation conferences.

For further information and details of the application process for the Paediatric Clinical Simulation Fellow please contact

International Fellowship

Please note the International Fellowship is currently on hold pending a curriculum re-write.

The international simulation fellow position is available for a minimum of six weeks. However, the optimal time for any appointed fellow would be three month to allow for a full immersion in the simulation programmes that are run at the Bristol Medical Simulation Centre.

The international simulation fellow is a unique post that enables a candidate to develop professional teaching experience, assist on training courses and enhance medical education.

The appointed fellow is expected to agree with their own organisation an educational need that is to be addressed at the centre.

Simulation education intervention will be developed during the course of this fellowship which is then to be implemented at the fellow’s own organisation.

The fellow is expected to present an assessment on the impact of their intervention that will then be either published in a journal or delivered at a conference or seminar.

Please note that there is a cost to participate in this fellowship. For further details of these please email:
In addition the appointed fellow is required to demonstrate that they are financially able to cover the costs of accommodation and subsistence for the entire period of the fellowship.

In return for your work at the centre we provide an opportunity to:

* attend subsidised faculty development courses
* observe operational implementation of centre/ point of care based simulation delivery
* mentor the fellow in design, development and implementation of pilot simulation training intervention to address identified educational need

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