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  • Print publication year: 2020
  • Online publication date: September 2020

Chapter 18 - Training in Hysteroscopic Skills

Summary

Training allows healthcare professionals to develop skills that benefit patients, improve their care and keep them safe. It is an essential aspect of reducing or preventing harm to our patients.

Over the past two decades there has been a significant shift in surgical education away from an apprenticeship model that had existed for centuries towards the use of clinical skills and simulation training. This can be undertaken in a safe environment, allowing healthcare professionals to begin their learning and practice of skills away from patients. Proponents of the ‘new’ system point to the increased availability of simulation equipment, both low (sometimes called basic) and high fidelity (virtual reality high technology systems), in NHS hospitals and university departments throughout the UK. In addition, there is a wealth of evidence supporting simulation as an important educational tool in medicine that has the potential to significantly reduce the chances of harm to patients.

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