A medical consultant from Doncaster and Bassetlaw Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has been named Yorkshire and Humber’s most inspirational leader for his pioneering work using clinical simulation to improve patient safety.
Dr Alasdair Strachan, a Consultant Anaesthetist and Acting Director of Medical Education at the Trust, won the Inspirational Leader category at Health Education England Yorkshire and Humber’s regional leadership awards. He now goes through to the national finals, which will be held in London in early 2014.
Dr Strachan was nominated for his hugely influential role, both regionally and nationally, in championing the use of simulated ‘real-life’ scenarios to help healthcare workers of all professions and grades develop their clinical skills. As Chair of the Clinical Skills Executive Committee in Yorkshire and Humber, he has encouraged the adoption of standardisation and simulation in training across the region.
He was instrumental in the development of the Clinical Simulation Centre at Montagu Hospital, Mexborough, a state-of-the-art facility that attracts health professionals from across the region keen to enhance and develop their skills through simulation on super high-tech ‘robotic’ manikins that react and respond like a real patient.
Dr Strachan has also pioneered bespoke training for unregistered NHS staff such as healthcare assistants, a need that until recently was not widely recognised in many parts of the country.
As a result of his work, simulation is now a core part of clinical skills training aimed at improving the safety and quality of patient care across a vast range of NHS services in Yorkshire and the Humber. As well as traditional acute hospital care, it is used to promote high-quality care by emergency maternity and mental health services, newly-qualified health professionals, child health teams, GPs, ambulance trusts and many more.
Dr Strachan said: “I am very honoured to receive this award. I have had the privilege to work with many excellent teams and leaders, both within our hospitals and across the region. This has enabled us to successfully take forward our strategy to be at the forefront of clinical skills and simulation training nationally.”
Mike Pinkerton, Chief Executive of Doncaster and Bassetlaw Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said that Dr Strachan was a very deserving winner. “Alasdair has been instrumental in the adoption of simulation to help health professionals develop clinical skills of the very highest standard,” he said. “This improves the safety and quality of the care that patients receive right across Yorkshire and the Humber and in other parts of the country. We are delighted and very proud that he has won this much-deserved award.”
John Hunter from Health Education England Yorkshire and Humber said: “We were delighted to present these awards to healthcare workers demonstrating real leadership across the region. Our congratulations go to Alasdair, who is a very deserving winner of the Inspirational Leader award.”