Quality Education through Simulation & Technology
QuEST was launched on 1st September 2015 following an amalgamation of the individual services from the Wexham Park & Heatherwood and Frimley Park hospital sitesafter the merger of the two separate Foundation Trusts to form Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust.
It was important to align the service under one banner and where possible align our offering to the Trust and thereby increase our capability.
Our Mission Statement
To deliver high quality education through simulation to independent groups and inter-professional teams in a high-stress , low-risk environment, including technology enhanced learning to create opportunities across the Organisation that will benefit staff and improve patient safety
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Udesh Naidoo - Associate Director
Udesh Naidoo qualified from the University of Natal Medical School in Durban, South Africa in 1993. He subsequently undertook his house officer job in Groote Schuur hospital in Cape Town in 1994 and then moved to the UK, completing his core medical training in the Liverpool area.
In 2000 he started his registrar training in the South West Thames region in Geriatrics and General internal Medicine. After achieving his CCST he was employed by Frimley Health in 2006. Currently his roles include being Head of department of Elderly Care, a Consultant Physician and Geriatrician, Simulation Teaching Consultant Lead, PACES examiner for the Royal College of Physicians , Non-executive Remuneration Committee member and Staff Governor for Frimley Foundation Trust.
His interests in Geriatrics lie in the fields of Falls, Dementia and Medical Education. In the field of Falls, Dr Naidoo holds the position of Consultant Chair for the Falls Root Cause Analysis Committee. He currently holds the position of Falls Consultant Lead. Similarly he is also a Dementia Consultant Lead and Co-chair for Clinical Governance for Frimley Health. In addition outside of medicine Udesh is a Trustee for Adventure Ashram, a charity established through adventure motorbike riding. He was the Foundation Training Programme Director from 2007 until 21st of November 2016 and was recently appointed as Associate director for KSS. He will be leading on simulation teaching for foundation doctors.
Alex Saunders - Lead Simulation Practitioner
Alex Saunders qualified as a Registered Nurse in 1998 and spent several years’ working within the surgical directorates at Charing Cross Hospital, Hammersmith Hospital and Kings College Hospital, becoming a Senior Charge Nurse, with experience in Vascular, General surgery & Urology nursing as well as Theatre and Recovery, Alex is passionate about the care that is delivered to patients which is demonstrated in the way he approaches his professional career both with his patients and his colleagues.
Alex is an Advanced Life Support (ALS) and European Advanced Paediatric Life Support (EAPLS) Instructor and Course director with the Resuscitation Council (UK) teaching nationally and internationally in this capacity, he has worked as a Resuscitation Officer from 2005 to 2015 at Wexham Park Hospital in Slough, delivering resuscitation training to all members of staff which included Immediate Life Support (ILS) & Paediatric Immediate Life Support (PILS), attending cardiac arrests and acting as part of the Cardiac arrest team when needed. This role also included audit and research of practice and the procurement of equipment during this time. As an additional task Alex took on the lead for the simulation service in 2009 and was instrumental in setting up the Service WexSim.
In May 2015, following a merger of Frimley Park Hospital and Wexham Park Hospital in October 2014, Alex took over the simulation service at Frimley Park Hospital and moved fully into managing the entire Trusts’ simulation offering, rebranding the service, QuEST (Quality Education through Simulation & Technology) and integrating two Trusts’ services into one. Promoting an ethos of sharing and collaboration with others QuEST has become a respected and well known service throughout Health Education England, Thames Valley and Kent Surrey & Sussex.
QuEST enjoys a family of simulators from Neo-natal and obstetric manikins to full sized adult manikins, of various makes, ensuring that the equipment purchased is the most appropriate for the service and the staff it serves, Alex is an expert in the use of many simulators and part task trainers available on the market and often can be found tinkering ‘under the bonnet’ of a manikin when not teaching.
Alex also serves as a Commissioned Officer in HM Forces and has been in the military since 1989, now within Medical Branch at Regional Command in Aldershot, Alex has served with the Royal Signals, Cavalry and a Field Hospital in the past. This role has seen Alex deployed on Operations in both Iraq and Afghanistan in 2004 and 2009 respectively. The former, Alex worked as a Team Leader on the surgical ward where he spent time in Shaibha Logistics Base working in the Field Hospital, before moving to Al-Amarah and then onto serving with the Black Watch Battlegroup at part of their Role 1 capabilities on Op BRACKEN. His deployment in 2009 was as a Trauma Nurse Coordinator and Resuscitation Lead within the Role 3 Field Hospital in Camp Bastion.
Alex also serves as a Staff Governor at Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust and as a Trustee on the Board, for the Queen Alexandra’s Royal Army Nursing Corps (QARANC) Association, a Charitable Organisation. His responsibilities for this latter position include management of the Organisations’ website, Digital media presence and sees Alex as the Media and Communications Chair.
A dedicated, enthusiastic & motivated individual, Alex’s passion and experience in simulation and resuscitation has led him to teach internationally in various locations and a number of subjects related to his work.
Paul Wilder - Learning & Simulation Technologist
Paul Wilder is a qualified graduate IT teacher who spent nearly twenty years in local education in the midlands, primarily as a Network / Systems Manager and IT educator, alongside a complete separate volunteer career, spanning over two decades to the present day, as a team manager in a specialised events management company and volunteering with companies such as Oxfam as well as the hospitals’ own charity.
Pauls’ first role in the NHS was as a RiO trainer based in Bristol where he personally trained hundreds of staff as the local mental health trust switched to a paperless system. After a short stint at Royal United Hospital in Bath, Paul moved in November 2011 to work for Informatics and the PGEC at Frimley Park Hospital, based in their education centre as an IT and Audio/Visual Officer. However on his first day their new Simulation Suite opened and his job was immediately expanded to include managing the running of the suite and supporting clinicians in running in-situ simulation. His role was then further expanded as he became the Hospital TEL (Technology Enhanced Learning) Officer, involving eLearning, apps and mobile learning and he took on an IT technician and a SimTech apprentice.
In the last few years, the Trust itself has radically expanded to become Frimley Health Foundation Trust and Paul’s role solidified as that of Learning & Simulation Technologist inside the recently formed cross-site QuEST team.
He has given presentations at numerous conferences and meetings, including SimGhosts, HEE TV and HEE KSS, often about TEL projects such as the trust clinical guidelines app and ‘Dr Toolbox’, or about simulation related concepts, as well as featuring several times in local Trust publications.
In 2016 as one of the contributors, Paul gained a certificate of merit as first prize winner in the Trust Quality Improvement Clinical Audit Competition and a Certificate of Appreciation for Above and Beyond the Call of Duty by the Nursing Directorate, having previously won a Certificate of Achievement for being Committed to Excellence, one of the Frimley Values.
More recently he featured in an article in the Health Education England TEL newsletter released in February 2017 and is due to speak at several HE south of England conferences on TEL related subjects, such as the variety of uses of inexpensive tablets in a Trust education setting.
Kate Rogers - Simulation Technician
Kate completed her Masters in Drama and Theatre Studies in 2011 before making a move into the IT sector where she worked as a Configuration Analyst and Release Manager for CSC.
While relatively new to the clinical sector, Kate brings her passion for simulation to life in a wide variety of clinical teaching sessions. Kate specialises in medical moulage special effects and is enthusiastic to show her work to any interested parties.