Communication is at the heart of everything we do.

We ensure that whatever simulation we are involved in, communication remains at the very heart. We keep it real by involving actor role players, taking on the roles of patient, service users, carers and colleagues. 

Backed by a team of professionals.

Our team are educators, health care & social care professionals and administrators. The breadth of backgrounds means that we view things from multiple perspectives.

RGN, BSc, MScCarrie Hamilton


Former world traveller and worker. Juggling maestro. Mum to one cat, one dog and four humans.

CA ANZ, BCommMarc Morriss

Finance director

Born and raised Aussie with some English and Welsh mixed in. Supports: Australia in cricket, England in football and Wales in rugby.

RN, MScNichola Martin

Strategic lead

Enjoy spending time with family, friends and watching a murder mystery. Trying to be adventurous and experience a variety of new challenges, horse riding is not for me!

  Karen Addison

Operations manager

Perfect day? My garden, family, dogs and a glass of wine! Also lover of a system!

Within our team:
Professional groups represented
Years working in healthcare
Years working in education

  Gary Banks

Specialist services administrator

Since my legs appeared on Eastenders my life has been nothing but rock and roll!

RGN, BSc (Hons), MBACaroline Tomkins

Education manager

Closest opportunity to a modelling career was appearing in a powerboating book in 2010. Custodian/housekeeper to two rescue dogs. A lover of yoga and a terrible cook.

BMBS, BMedSci, PGCert (Clin Ed), FHEAKirsten Howson

Specialist education lead

Mum to 2 little ones, when not juggling their busy social schedules, I love trying out new challenges- my recent favourite has been the discovery of inflatable obstacle courses!

  Poppy Lulu Herbertson

Business intern

Aside from all the very important university work, when actually at uni will most likely be found in the student union, gym or a field commanding a football game.

We support Civility Saves Lives
Raising awareness of the power of civility in healthcare
We support Learning from Excellence
Learning from what works well

BA (Hons), MA, MCIM, FRSAAnna Thame

Development advisor and senior facilitator

Amateur singer. Passionate about books. Love any kind of boat trip, from pedalos to barges.

FDSC Paramedic ScienceJess Spencer

Senior facilitator

Sun, sand, sea and a mojito! Being there, or looking forward to being there or memories of being there – that’s what makes me tick.

BA, PG Dip, HEA Associate fellowJill Sainsbury

Video and e-learning associate

Much more comfortable behind the camera rather than in front and lover of playing the violin.

RMN, BScPrimrose Chikwiramakomo

Equity and inclusivity advisor

National trust explorer, I am completely in love with my plants, they don’t call me plant mother for nothing.

Major (retired), BSc, MScJulie Miller

Equity and inclusivity advisor

Dashing retired Army officer turned gender fluid trans woman; which means I now ride fast motorcycles in a Ted Baker dress.

  Scarlet Herbertson

Student ambassador

Claims to fame: Making the perfect slice of toast, naming all 197 countries in the world, having got Wordle in 1 go once before.

BA, MScDavis Wilhelm

Digital & social media marketing associate

American in London, often found chasing sunshine, sipping oat lattes, and curating Pinterest boards.

BSc (Hons), MScMax Herbertson

Data analyst

Loves playing and watching all sports – better at the watching part. Favourite place: trudging up a mountainside in the Lake District, trying to soak in the majestic views while mostly just soaking my socks.

Our team own

Our team have lived in

  Byron Lewis

Media and communications associate

Creative, writer, comedian and journalist-in-waiting. Went to Eurovision in Liverpool and ended up on Austrian TV by mistake.

We support Bounce Forward
Making a difference to young peoples lives
We support Plan International
Supporting rights, equality and inclusion

MBBS, DRCOG, FRCGPAlex Fitzgerald Barron

Training and education associate

The to do list appears to be getting longer – as long as there is a mix of new experiences and comforting old ones around travel, food, wine, bicycles, and people…in no particular order I will be content!

BA (Hons)Caz Kendall

Training and education associate

I love adventure travel and live music. Background in retail as a food buyer for M&S.

RGN, RMRebecca Peck

Training and education associate

Either find me with one foot in the kitchen and the other on the dance floor, or both curled up with some historical fiction.

PGCE adult edTim Ponsford

Training and education associate

Exploring the wilderness in my VW campervan, hill walker, doggie dad and environmental campaigner.

The SimComm Academy team professional portfolio includes:
General practice, facilitation, communications, forum theatre delivery, psychiatry, human factors, emergency care, pre-hospital care, school nursing, midwifery, patient safety, parent support, people management, quality assurance, script writing, data analysis, business, system working, anaesthetics, practice nursing, intensive care and neuro rehabilitation.

MBBS, BSc, MScAli Blatcher

Training and education associate

Doctor and artist. Lover of sea swimming so couldn’t live anywhere but the coast. I live a meditative existence and travelling to faraway places opens my eyes.

RGN, BEd (Hons)Alison Curzen

Training and education associate

Enjoy exercise, just need to do more! Have travelled in a wide beam boat the whole of the Thames (nearly)- Lechlade to Richmond, has taken 3 years!

RGNJuliet Deacock

Training and education associate

Learning to paint in plainer oils and still shuffling round the tennis court despite creaky knees!

BALisa Henshaw

Training and education associate

A stand-up paddleboarding lover of language, words and the outdoors

MA, MA, MA, MSc, FHEAJohn Perry

Training and education associate

Supporter of West Bromwich Albion – which probably explains my interest in Stress Management and Resilience…

MBBS, DA, FRCA, FFICMSimon Deacock

Training and education associate

I love to explore on two and four wheels, there is always another hill to cycle up. I am otherwise failing to master the guitar.

What we stand for

Hear from our clients

I can say, without fear of contradiction, that the SimComm team lead the field nationally for innovative practice in the area of simulated patients. Expanding their use to be involved in the testing of processes in large scale simulations, the involvement of non-clinical managers in scenarios and the introduction of child SPs and SPs with learning difficulties are just some examples.

Consultant in Emergency Medicine

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.


This was one of the most astonishing training sessions I have had the privilege of attending. I'd actually go as far as to say it was life changing.

Learning & Development Lead 

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