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Join us at SimNetSE2024




KeyNote Speaker

Clinical Human Factors: bringing resilience into healthcare simulation


May 22/23

Southampton Solent University



Simulation4Safety is our third conference, following on from Simulation4Impact and Optimise Simulation.

Our conference themes recognise firstly that simulation should show delivery of improvement in service-user experiences and outcomes; secondly that recent significant investment in resources should be met by faculty skilled and motivated to make optimal use of these resources to deliver; and now that safety is a key indicator and desirable outcome.


Simulation4Safety shows evolution and aspiration flowing from our experiences and your feedback.

Our sole keynote speaker, Dr Dawn Benson, is a sociologist who specialises in safety investigation within health, social care, and education currently works as a National Investigator at the Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch (HSIB).

The programme replaces passive listening with conferring, workshops, and networking, establishing collaborations across our geographically wide South-East community, we expect to see innovative work in safety, enhanced approaches to meeting training resource demands, and simply better simulation, as outcomes.

Simulation4Safety challenges you to not only provide content celebrating your work but also fruitfully engage with others, including those you may regard as stakeholders, colleagues, overseers, and enablers. The overarching aim is quality, so whilst we expect to see safety woven into the tapestry of the conference, please do submit work without a safety focus that may form an illuminating vignette in the complete picture.


Dawn is a sociologist who specialises in safety investigation within health, social care, and education. Dawn spent almost 20 years as an academic, researching and teaching at the universities of Northumbria, Aberdeen, and Oxford. Her work in Human Factors and patient safety was born from personal experience when her first child was birth injured.  She is particularly interested in how we improve services by engaging patient/service user perspective. More recently she has developed an educational function at the Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch (HSIB) where she worked as a national investigator for 5 years. Dawn is currently a Programme Manager at the Clinical and Human Factors Group.

Come along to see Dawn at SimNet 2024 and learn more about:

  • Unpacking what Human Factors is and is not

  • The role of Human Factors in healthcare safety and improvement

  • Using systems thinking in simulation to foster resilience


The Venue

The Simulation in Healthcare Conference will be held at the beautiful Southampton Solent University on the South Coast of England.

East Park Terrace


SO14 0YN


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