Lydia Lofton

Lydia Lofton, RN

About Lydia Lofton

I am a Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care nurse and simulation educator now working as a Workforce Transformation Lead at Health Education England in London, England. Within this role, I have responsibility for development and implementation of simulation-based education strategy across London for the National Health Service.

I became involved with delivery of simulation-based education almost ten years ago while working as Lead Nurse for the SPRinT Programme at Royal Brompton Hospital in London. I am currently completing an MA in Clinical Education at King’s College London, with research focused on the experience of in-situ simulation. My specialty interest areas are in in-situ simulation, interprofessional education and collaborative practice, and faculty development. I am a firm believer in the value of collaborative networks to enhance and share practice, and to provide opportunities for educational research.  A goal of any healthcare system which prioritizes patient safety must be to ensure the entire workforce is educated to a standard that promotes consistent, high level performance. This requires collaboration, interprofessional learning, and an understanding of the role of human factors and ergonomics. I am passionate about the role simulation plays in developing a culture which places high value on patient safety in all settings, worldwide.

IPSS is a unique vessel that promotes excellence and equity of access to simulation-based education across pediatric, perinatal, and associated health care providers and organizations. IPSS is well-placed to continue to be the driving force for 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. Expertise and energy is strong within the pediatric and perinatal simulation community where we have so much to share. I am delighted to have been involved with IPSS since 2013, served on the Board of Directors since 2017, and had the privilege to Co-Chair IPSSW2018. As President-Elect, I aim to use my experience and strengths to continue to support diversification of membership and participation within IPSS, and to continue realization of its strategic goals and vision.


I am a UK-trained Neonatologist working in Starship NICU in Auckland, New Zealand. I am a member of the Douglas Starship Simulation faculty and lead the simulation programmer in NICU. My key simulation interests include education, communication and patient safety. I have been an active member of IPSS since 2011, member of the Education Committee since 2012, am a past Co-Chair of the Education Committee (2017-2018) and a current member of the Board of Directors. In collaboration with others, I established the IPSS-INSPIRE Fellowship in 2018 and am on the working group leading this initiative. My vision for IPSS is to continue to support collaborative knowledge sharing and research development in the pediatric and perinatal simulation community. My wish for IPSS is to see an increasing number of non-physician members and to support and develop the ability of those still at the early stage of simulation.



Dr. Carl Horsley

Intensivist, Counties Manukau Health, Auckland, New Zealand

Clinical Lead for Patient Safety, Health Quality and Safety Commission, New Zealand

Dr. Carl Horsley dual trained in Emergency Medicine and Intensive Care, and works clinically in the Critical Care Complex of Middlemore Hospital in Auckland, New Zealand. As part of his work there, he developed an in-situ simulation program specifically focused on building the adaptive capacity of the ICU team. This was put to the test in the Whakaari volcanic eruption with Middlemore being the national burns centre responding to a mass casualty event.

Carl is currently completing an MSc in Human Factors and System Safety at Lund University, Sweden with a thesis focusing on the sociology of safety.  He is also part of the Resilient Healthcare Society which is an international collaboration exploring the implications of resilience engineering in healthcare. As Clinical Lead for Patient Safety at the Health Quality Safety Commission, Carl is also involved in developing innovative approaches that support “work-as-done” by frontline to improve both patient care and staff wellbeing. He has published several book chapters on resilient healthcare and presented widely on the topic.


Dr. Andrew Petrosoniak

Emergency Physician & Trauma Team Leader, Assistant Professor

St. Michael’s Hospital and University of Toronto

Following an unsuccessful career as an intramural basketball player, Dr. Petrosoniak now works as an emergency physician and trauma team leader at St. Michael’s Hospital. He’s an assistant professor at the University of Toronto and an associate scientist at the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute. He’s the lead for translational simulation at St. Michael’s Hospital which involves the application of simulation techniques to identify issues and support the design of solutions related to healthcare delivery and improving health service outcomes.

More accurately, he seeks to reduce the number of F-bombs by providers linked to poor system/space design in healthcare. He also applies this work in the private sector as the co-founder of Advanced Performance Healthcare Design, a design and consulting firm that uses multi-modal simulation techniques to inform the design of clinical infrastructure, equipment and high performing teams.




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