Lydia Lofton, RN
About Lydia Lofton
I am a Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care nurse at the Royal Brompton Hospital in London, United Kingdom, with specialty interest areas in team training, human factors, and parental perceptions of in-situ simulation. I have gained extensive experience as Lead Nurse for the SPRinT Programme, an in-situ simulation team training programme based in the PICU, and have been able to lead with our directors to develop our programmes and research. I serve on the hospital-wide simulation strategy group and am currently working throughout the hospital to mentor and coach teams to embed team training throughout other departments. As Multi-Professional Lead for Simulation at UCLPartners, an academic health science partnership, I am working to enhance collaboration across a wide geography in an effort to promote excellence and equity of access to simulation based education initiatives across professional groups as well as medical specialties. I am currently undertaking an MA in Clinical Education, which is driving me to ensure that when utilizing simulation as a learning methodology curriculum is rooted in adult learning theory creating dynamic and innovative courses, whether training faculty, teams, or individual professional groups. I am a member of the Society for Simulation in Healthcare (SSH) and the Association for Simulated Practice in Healthcare (ASPiH) where I am serving as chair of the newly developed Pediatric Special Interest Group. I also sit on the Health Education England National Simulation Leads Group, representing North Central and East London.
A goal of any healthcare system which prioritizes patient safety must be to ensure the workforce is educated to a standard that promotes consistent, high level performance. This requires collaboration and interprofessional learning. I am passionate about the role of simulation in promoting a culture which places high value on patient safety. To do this we must prioritize education and the role of human factors on our behaviors as well as continual evaluation of the ergonomics of our systems. We are uniquely placed to work with our patients and their families to ensure we are listening to their views on simulation as a learning modality, particularly in my interest area of in-situ simulation. Mentorship and quality assurance is essential for all working as simulation faculty, but particularly those who are working in less well-resourced areas; IPSS can be the hub for this guidance.
IPSS is well-placed to continue to be the driving force pushing forward pediatric and perinatal simulation-based education that is sustainable, relevant for all professional groups who care for pediatric patients, and backed by high quality evidence. To maximize this opportunity, we must ensure collaboration is encouraged, different perspectives are heard, and we avoid duplication of effort. The challenges are great but energy is strong in the pediatric simulation community where we have a broad range of expertise to be shared. I am delighted to serve on the Board of Directors and use my experience and strengths to contribute to continued realization of the strategic goals and vision of IPSS.