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Dr Alan Platt

Associate Professor

Department: Nursing, Midwifery & Health

I am an Associate Professor of Simulation-Based Education (SBE) and Head of Clinical Simulation in the Department of Nursing, Midwifery and Health at Northumbria University. A role that encompasses the strategic leadership of SBE, including the co-ordination of the development, delivery, performance, and review of SBE across all the Department's provision, from undergraduate/pre-registration to post-qualifying/post-registration programmes. Working with the Departmental management team to plan, deliver, monitor, and manage various portfolios including learning and teaching, student experience, student employability. research and innovation, and knowledge exchange in the context of SBE. 

I qualified as a Registered Nurse in 1988 and specialised in Critical Care where I was appointed as a charge nurse in 1998. During this time, I developed a keen interest in healthcare education and, in 2001, I was appointed as a lecturer practitioner in critical care and it was in this role that I developed my passion for SBE. 

In 2006, I joined Northumbria University as a senior lecturer, which incorporated module lead and programme lead for a number of undergraduate programmes. This role also included the development of SBE in the undergraduate healthcare programmes. This led to me being recognised nationally and internationally for the development of SBE and, its integration into nursing curricula. In 2014, I was awarded the title of Teaching Fellow by Northumbria University, for my innovative SBE work, which in June 2016 this to led my appointment as an Associate Professor of SBE. I completed my Professional Doctorate (Education) on the use of SBE in healthcare education in 2019

I am passionate about SBE and have published and presented nationally and internationally on the subject. I served on the executive committee of the Association for Simulated Practice in Healthcare (ASPiH) from 2010 – 2014 and, during this time, I worked as a National Simulation Development Officer (SDO). In addition, I was vice president (Ad-interim) of the International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning – Chapter Europe (INACSL – Chapter Europe) from 2015 - 2019.

In recognition of my contribution to the development of SBE, I was awarded an ASPiH Fellowship in November 2017. Currently, I am a member of the National Simulation Reference Group.

Alan Platt

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Room D108, Coach Lane Campus West
Northumbria University
Newcastle upon Tyne
NE7 7XA

  • Simulation-based Education as a learning and teaching methodology.
  • Instructional design and educational psychology theories in healthcare education.
  • Inter-professional education
  • Critical Care practice

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Preparing for Practice, the Effects of Repeated Immersive Simulation on The Knowledge and Self-Efficacy of Undergraduate Nursing Students: A Mixed Methods Study, Platt, A., Allan, J., Leader, C., Prescott-Clements, L., McMeekin, P. 1 Jan 2024, In: Nurse Education in Practice
  • 116.1: The principles of donor management and optimisation: An online education package making a real difference, Reid, M., Mason, S., Platt, A. 16 Oct 2023, In: Transplantation
  • 312.3: The use of evidence-based research and high-fidelity simulation to educate and empower the specialist nurse workforce within donor management and optimisation in the United Kingdom, Mason, S., Reid, M., Platt, A. 16 Oct 2023, In: Transplantation
  • Grading practice as a strategy to improve proficiencies in undergraduate nurse education: Modelling key areas of competence, Annesley, S., Platt, A., Wade, J., Tomietto, M. 1 Sep 2023, In: Nurse Education Today
  • Interprofessional simulation as an enhancement of psychological fidelity: A focus group study of medical and nursing students, Burford, B., Grieg, P., Kelleher, M., Merriman, C., Platt, A., Richards, E., Davidson, N., Vance, G. 2 May 2023, In: Health Science Reports
  • Nursing and medical students’ assessment of teamworking and communication during an inter-professional simulated education (IPSE) collaboration, Leader, C., Platt, A., Baxter, I. 15 Nov 2022, In: International Journal of Healthcare Simulation
  • Nursing and medical students’ assessment of teamworking and communication during an interprofessional simulation education (IPSE) collaboration, Leader, C., Platt, A., Baxter, I. 15 Nov 2022
  • Effects of the Simulation Using Team Deliberate Practice (Sim-TDP) model on the performance of undergraduate nursing students, Platt, A., McMeekin, P., Prescott-Clements, L. 1 Mar 2021, In: BMJ Simulation and Technology Enhanced Learning
  • Effects of a single interprofessional simulation session on medical and nursing students’ attitudes toward interprofessional learning and professional identity: a questionnaire study, Burford, B., Greig, P., Kelleher, M., Merriman, C., Platt, A., Richards, E., Davidson, N., Vance, G. 1 Dec 2020, In: BMC Medical Education
  • Global citizens, Porteous, D., Morgan, D., Solomon, J., Platt, A., Allan, J., Shao, J., Conner, A. 9 May 2019, In: British Journal of Nursing

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Invited talk: Case study - Northumbria University 2023
  • Invited talk: Simulated Practice Learning in a UK Nursing Curriculum: Integrating Research and Practice 2023
  • Invited talk: Sim-biosis - linking research and educational practice 2023
  • Hosting an academic visitor: Frances McGill 2023
  • Invited talk: Theory to Practice: The simulation connection 2019
  • Invited talk: Replacing practice with simulation: Ensuring quality in the design and delivery of SBE to optimise learning 2016
  • Invited talk: The OSCE in Nursing Education: Pre-registration to Post-qualifying perspectives. 2016
  • Invited talk: Optimising Participant Learning: theoretical perspectives in the design and delivery of Simulation Based Education 2015
  • Invited talk: Optimising Participant Learning: theoretical perspectives in the design and delivery of Simulation Based Education 2015
  • Membership of board: The International Nursing Association for Simulated Clinical Learning’s (INACSL) Chapter Europe - Vice President (External organisation) 2012

Professional Activity:

  • The UK National Simulation Reference Group, Nursing and University representative
  • Association for Simulated Practice in Healthcare, Fellow
  • Health Education England North East (HENE) Regional Simulation Steering Group, Northumbria University representative
  • Society in Europe for Simulation Allied to Medicine (SESAM), member
  • British Association of Critical Care Nurses, member 

Previous activity

  • Vice president (Ad-interim) - the International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning – Chapter Europe (INACSL – Chapter Europe), 2015 – 2019
  • International Facilitator - The International Nursing Association for Simulated Clinical Learning (INACSL) -CAE Healthcare Simulation Fellowship, 2015 -2017
  • Executive committee member - Association for Simulated Practice in Healthcare (ASPiH), 2010 – 2014
  • National Simulation Development Officer (SDO) - Association for Simulated Practice in Healthcare (ASPiH) from 2014 – 2016

 

  • Education EdD April 15 2019
  • Educational Development MSc September 01 2001
  • Education PGDip September 01 2000
  • Nursing Science BSc (Hons) September 01 1997
  • Lecturer / Practice Educator LPE 2003
  • Nurse Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) 2021
  • Fellow (FHEA) Higher Education Academy (HEA) 2015


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