All Foundation trainees are required to attend at least one course at a simulation centre in their F1 year if they haven't already attended one in their fifth year of medical school.
In addition, the course is mandatory for all F2s in the West Midlands Central Foundation School.
The use of simulation techniques in conjunction with training in human factors (i.e. an understanding of the influence of the job, the individual and the organisation on performance) has been shown to result in error reduction and improved quality of patient care and safety.
The Hollier Simulation Centre, based at Good Hope Hospital in Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands, helps train doctors across the region using realistic mock-ups of real-life scenarios.