School of Medicine

About the Simulation Centre for Patient Safety (SCPS)

Anaesthetists became involved early in the history of medical simulation and worldwide continue to develop its use.

Led by Professor Alan Merry, now the University’s Head of School of Medicine, the Department of Anaesthesiology has developed its simulation capabilities to support its traditional resuscitation training, enhance undergraduate teaching, provide multidisciplinary short courses in acute care (eg. EMAC) and conduct research projects using simulation.

The Simulation Centre for Patient Safety houses the Department of Anaesthesiology’s simulation team and equipment in its multiple training rooms, ward and operating room areas.

While our resources support development of technical acute care skills, our staff also offer a special interest and expertise in the important contribution of human factors to patient safety. Enhancing teamwork skills including communication strategies is fundamental to our programme. Course participants can expect to work in multidisciplinary teams where this would be the case in clinical practice.

The Simulation Centre for Patient Safety is located within the pleasant Tamaki Innovation Campus. Its large simulation spaces are supported by access to several breakout / seminar rooms, reception and refreshment areas, and plenty of free parking.

Simulation techniques available depend on learner needs but include part-task trainers for technical skills, scenarios with facilitated debriefing, use of standardised patients (actors), computer-based activities, videos and educational games.

Simulation Spaces (flexible configurations are possible):

  • Ward /Emergency Bay
  • Operating Theatre / Intensive Care
  • Adult Training Room
  • Paediatric Training Room
  • Airway Laboratory
  • Viewing Room (multipurpose)


  • METI HPS and BabySim
  • Laerdal Simman 3G, Simman, ALS, NewB (neonate), ResusAnnie, MegaCode Kid

Other Simulation Equipment:

  • Part task trainers for basic and advanced airway management
  • Intravenous access trainers
  • CPR basic trainers
  • AED
  • Bronchoscopy skill trainers

Clinical Equipment includes:

  • Patient beds and ward furniture
  • Oxygen outlets and suction with associated disposables
  • Fully stocked resuscitation trolleys with Phillips Heartstart Defibrillators
  • A highly realistic operating theatre with operating table and lights, Aestiva anaesthesia machine / Datex monitoring / Safersleep system, wide range of surgical equipment
  • Other acute care disposables – eg. fluids, intravenous access devices and tubing
  • Difficult intubation aids including fibreoptic scopes

Audio-Visual Equipment:

  • High quality projectors and viewing monitors
  • Research-quality configurable recording and playback system
  • Easy event marking and analysis (Studiocode)
  • Remote viewing possibilities.