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Mental health in the workplace

Identifying and communicating with colleagues at risk of suicide

This interprofessional learning through simulation resource package consists of two components: an audiovisual resource and a supporting facilitator manual. In order to optimise the learning opportunities from this package it is recommended that participants are firstly introduced to the concepts of interprofessional learning and human factors in health care.

The audiovisual resource consists of two scenarios, the first demonstrating sub-optimal performance of the healthcare team, with the second demonstrating more effective performance, improving the final outcome. The package has been created in a format to enable flexibility in its application depending of the educational setting.

Recommended format

  1. Facilitator guided discussion around the concepts of interprofessional learning and human factors in health care.
  2. View scenario 1 of the audiovisual resource: Operating theatre 1 and Surgeon’s office 1.
  3. Facilitator guided discussion around the scenario specific learning competency areas (samples given within manual).
  4. View scenario 2 of audiovisual resource: Operating theatre 2 and Surgeon’s office 2.
  5. Facilitator guided discussion, identifying and discussing the changes witnessed and how this resulted in an alternative outcome.

Scenario brief

A patient has passed away in the operating theatre. The Anaesthetist, who is struggling with depression, is particularly distressed by this. His colleagues have noticed recent changes in his behaviour and are concerned for his wellbeing.

Learning competencies

The specific learning competency areas for this scenario are:
  • Suicide prevention: recognising the indicators and taking appropriate action
  • Interprofessional communication
  • Perceptions and attitudes influencing practice


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