'Walk in my shoes': using simulated practice for education

Julie Garton, Anna Waugh, Margaret Brown, Donna Craig

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Walk in my shoes’ is a care experience simulation strategy, developed by staff at The University of the West of Scotland (UWS). It is used across a range of programs delivered internally to UWS and externally including Scotland’s National Dementia Champions Programme NHS Dumfries & Galloway commissioned a new hospital which is currently under construction, as part of this exciting development, a replica of a single bedroom was installed in the current Dumfries & Galloway Royal Infirmary. Alzheimer Scotland Dementia Nurse Consultant Julie Garton, formed a team of educationalists and practitioners to deliver simulation to support staff to become familiar with the new hospital environment. Additionally, the simulation facilitated an understanding of the potential new challenges people with dementia and sensory difficulties may encounter in this new environment. The overall aim of this ‘Walk in my Shoes’ implementation was to provide staff with a wider appreciation of the breadth and depth of challenges the physical and social environment can present to the person with dementia. By developing this understanding it was hoped that staff could appreciate the imperative to deliver person-centred care. In this presentation, how ‘Walk in my shoes’ was utilised to support staff moving into the new hospital will be outlined. Background data on participants’ length of service and prior learning experience about dementia will be discussed. Then a pictorial report on how ‘Walk in my shoes’ was delivered by a flexible team and how participants evaluated their experience will be outlined. This will include a Dementia Champion discussing the impact, participating in ‘Walk in my shoes’ had on her as an experienced practitioner. Attendees of this concurrent session will have the opportunity to sample some of the simulation techniques incorporated in ‘Walk in my shoes’ and debate the underpinning teaching and learning strategies incorporated to develop person-centred care.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 15 Mar 2017
EventScotlands National Dementia Champions Graduation and Conference - Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Duration: 15 Mar 2017 → …


ConferenceScotlands National Dementia Champions Graduation and Conference
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
Period15/03/17 → …


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