As a training provider to the NHS, public services and university healthcare education programmes, we are keen to offer every support possible to our clients and their front-line workers at this challenging time. We are working closely with clients to provide alternative online training resources to meet their needs.
Mental Health Courses
Learn the essential skills to identify, understand and help a person developing mental illness.
Courses available (MHFA accredited)
Half-day Mental Health Awareness Course
Two-day Mental Health First Aid Course
(Kindness in Practice)
We are proud to announce the launch of our new KiP Training Programme.
This quite simply uses learning through experience to assist health care professionals in 'kindness skills'.
To create a better place by inspiring humanity in communication
To bring out the best in everyone because everyone matters
SimComm Academy are committed to excellence in all that we do, and we pride ourselves in working collaboratively with all we engage with
Why use SimComm Academy?
Communication is at the heart of everything we do
Whether we’re greeting a client or patient at a reception desk, liaising with colleagues or reacting quickly in an emergency, we believe that effective and efficient communication will always improve a situation
We provide the tools and knowledge to create a safe and successful learning environment
We work with organisations to provide the skills needed for empathetic communication.
SimComm Academy is led by Director Carrie Hamilton, RGN BSc MSc.
Carrie Hamilton is an international pioneer and innovator in education, passionate about the importance of incorporating empathy, compassion and kindness in teaching and learning. Carrie is an executive board member of the Association of Simulated Practice in Healthcare (ASPiH), Director of Education at SimComm Academy, Senior Lecturer in adult nursing at Portsmouth University and a Mental Health First Aid (MHFA-England) instructor.
Driven by her fellowship research into ‘simulated patients’ in the UK, Canada, USA and a scholarship in Australia, her approach is underpinned by extensive clinical experience in intensive care, inflight nursing, tropical disease and emergency care. Carrie draws on this background to create powerful and inspiring simulation training programmes, which she has developed and delivered in the UK and overseas. Always seeking new and impactful ways to build humanness into education, Carrie’s particular area of expertise is in hybrid/multimodal simulation and experiential communication skills simulation, where humanity and patient/staff safety are key and where simulated patients and simulated relatives translate the real patient and relative story.
SimComm Academy's dedicated pool of skilled actor role players (or simulated patients and colleagues) are trained to authentically portray a range of workplace roles and give objective feedback to participants. Working alongside Carrie is a team of professional associates, advisors and partners who help to deliver SimComm Academy's training, online resource development, film and facilitation.
Participants can be:
• Multi-professional groups
• Single-profession groups
• Support staff
• Students and learners
"The SimComm team bring expertise and professionalism to every situation and are always utterly reliable. It is refreshing to ask somebody for help and their answer is positive and welcoming rather than hostile and bristling."
"What a wonderful service! Whatever might reasonably be expected of them, they consistently provide more. They are also a joy to work with and a hugely valuable asset, without whom, the learning experience and assessment of students would be hugely diminished."
"The process of arranging simulated patients has always been smoothly conducted and communication has been exemplary. Even when considerable amounts of information have had to be supplied to each actor in a relatively short timeframe SimComm's can-do attitude has ensured that the process was never too stressful for me as the organiser."
"It's great to work with such a professional, efficient and friendly team"
"The SimComm team have always been professional, approachable and their advice invaluable. Would definitely recommend"
"I cannot fault the service from SimComm Academy. They deliver what they say they will, when they say they will"
Communication in Healthcare
We can provide training for your staff covering care & compassion, staying safe and being accountable
Our actor role players interact with your staff to bring communication skills training to life
Communication in Veterinary Practice
Learning the best way to deliver unwelcome news and how to defuse challenging situations.
We also offer 'Mystery Shopper' provision
Refine the very best communication skills with people who have learning and physical disabilities, people who are transgender, those who do not speak English, children and the elderly
Film & Online Training
Our actor role players are
experienced in working with film crews. We offer assistance with storyboards, filming,
directing and advising. We also create online training and learning resources.
Emergency Situations in the Workplace
We focus on the immediate management of emergency medical situations in non-healthcare settings including collapse, seizures and administering Basic Life Support
Mental Health First Aid
Mental Health First Aid is a course that teaches the skills and knowledge to identify, understand and help a person who may be developing a mental health illness