By Sean O’Malley
The CAMH Simulation Centre has just been granted official accreditation status by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, making it the only hospital mental health simulation centre in the world to be so honoured.
“It’s a great achievement for CAMH,” says Stephanie Sliekers, Manager of Simulation and Digital Innovation. “Building a consistent standard and integrated competencies in mental and physical health assessment embodies CAMH’s vision that ‘mental health is health.’ Our simulation centre not only helps create a high standard of care for people with mental illness, but also a high standard of training and education for healthcare professionals who care for people with mental illness.”
Some of the key areas the simulation centre is currently focused on include suicide risk assessment, acute care psychiatry simulations and deteriorating patient scenarios, which are being used in virtual training exercises by Project ECHO Ontario Mental Health.
"These virtual simulations further develop knowledge and skills in mental health care that expand on our current ECHO Ontario Mental Health education experiences,” says VP education Dr. Sanjeev Sockalingam. “We are able to provide immersive learning experiences, hands-on skill development and accessible team-based training to more interprofessional primary care teams across the province to further support CAMH’s mental health capacity building efforts."