Enabling wider sharing of knowledge, expertise, and educational innovation related to simulated practice across the healthcare professions

Standards for Simulation Based Education in Healthcare

The Association for Simulated Practice in Healthcare (ASPiH) created the SBE Standards to combine relevant best practice and published evidence in simulation-based education for all healthcare professionals with consideration of a number of existing quality assurance processes currently in use across the UK and around the world.

The Consultation report, which describes the methodology, data, results, and discussion involved in the 2nd Consultation of the ASPiH Standards for SBE is now complete and can be downloaded below.

Positioning statement for the 2017 activities:

The availability of agreed standards of practice are a key platform for driving improved outcomes and increasing efficiency in many areas of education and training. In healthcare simulation, such standards aim to enable education providers and commissioners to focus on designing and delivering high quality Simulation-based Education (SBE)to benefit patient care in many areas of clinical practice. Health Education England supported a 2-year consultation programme carried out by The Association for Simulated Practice in Healthcare (ASPiH), the membership body for SBE in the United Kingdom and Ireland, to develop a National Standards Framework for SBE. The Framework document was launched at the ASPiH Annual Conference in November 2016.  The consultation included engaging with over 40 pilot sites active in SBE across the UK and Ireland with their feedback helping to shape the final document before publishing. The methodology and results analysis from the 2-year consultation process are now published in the 2016 Consultation Report. Both documents are available to download below

The Framework describes 21 standards supported by extensive guidance and is designed to be applicable to all areas of SBE practice. It is, however, recognised that SBE methodologies, technologies and areas of application are expanding rapidly and the framework needs to develop in the future to take account of these new initiatives. During 2017, ASPiH will be asking all those adopting the standards in their department or institution to register on-line and to feedback information about the utility, applicability and compliance with the standards. This will include asking adopters to complete a draft self-accreditation process to identify gaps in SBE delivery or resources that could lead to potential compliance issues. This process should not only highlight new practices, technologies or applications of SBE not covered in the current document but also ensure it strikes the right balance between being broadly applicable and being robust enough to drive better practice.  The results of the pilot accreditation system and feedback from the simulation community on the application of the standards will be presented at the ASPiH Annual Conference 2017 taking place in Telford, UK from 6th to 8th November. This will inform any agreed revisions of the Standards Framework for 2018. 

Citation guidance and use of the ASPiH Standards for Simulation-based education ©
As the copyright owner of the ASPiH Standards for Simulation-based education, the Association for Simulated Practice in Healthcare (ASPiH) welcomes you to cite and use the documents below in your publications and presentations.

Please verify your compliance with UK copyright law by correct referencing:
1.    Using the copyright mark © when using the title and the first reference in the body of the work
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ASPiH Standards Framework Consultation report  Consultation Report, Association for Simulated Practice in Healthcare (ASPiH) Standards for Simulation-based education© 2017

THE NEW Standards Framework FOR SBE Standards Framework and Guidance, Association for Simulated Practice in Healthcare (ASPiH) Standards for Simulation-based education© 2016

THE 21 STANDARDS Pamphlet Standards Framework, Association for Simulated Practice in Healthcare (ASPiH) Standards for Simulation-based education© 2016


If you require any further information or are keen to stay involved please contact Jane or Susie

Jane Nicklin

JANE NICKLIN - Project Manager - Northern Localities      

Scotland, North East, North West, Yorkshire and Humber, EastMidlands, West Midlands and Ireland

jane.nicklin@simsupport.me.uk   07434 913388       

Susie Howes

SUSIE HOWES - Project Manager - Southern Localities

East of England, North, Central and East London,                       North West London, South London, Kent, Surrey and Sussex, South West, Wessex, Thames Valley and Wales