Meet the Clinical Simulation team

Linda Chigaru

Education Lead for Clinical Simulation

Educational Lead for Simulation Development

Operational Lead for Simulation

Emma Broughton

BN (Child), Anaesthetic Nurse, PGCE (Clinical Education)

Emma is a paediatric nurse who trained in Aberdeen and began her nursing career at Royal Aberdeen Children's Hospital. Joining GOSH in 2014, Emma continued her career within her speciality of anaesthetics and recovery before moving into clinical education as a full time member of the Simulation Team. Emma is passionate about using simulation to create learning experiences that are innovative, engaging and meaningful. From rehearsing events alongside teams in their clinical environment, to using cutting-edge technology to safely recreate challenging events, Emma takes pride in being able to support the healthcare workforce to make clinical practice, and the hospital environment, safer for patients and staff.

Simulation Educator, Clinical Simulation

Gabrielle Simpson

BSc (hons), FHEA, Paediatric Cardiac ICU Nurse

Gabrielle is a Paediatric Nurse who trained at Great Ormond Street Hospital through London Southbank University and has worked at GOSH since 2009. Gabrielle’s clinical speciality is intensive care having worked on all of the Intensive Care Units at Great Ormond Street Hospital. Whilst working in CICU, Gabrielle developed a drive for simulation having seen the impact it has on both team performance and patient safety. Gabrielle aims to use simulation to enhance collaborative working throughout the Multidisciplinary Team and to develop the workforce to care for an increasing complexity of patients.

Simulation Educator, Clinical Simulation

Alasdair Ross

Alasdair is an operating department practitioner (ODP) who studied in Cambridge at Addenbrookes Cambridge University Hospital. Qualifying in 2013 he specialised in anaesthetics for major vascular, trauma and liver transplant. Joining GOSH in 2016 Alasdair has continued his career in anaesthetics. Alasdair became a part of the simulation centre education team in 2018 where his enthusiasm for education continued thrive. Alasdair specialises in Theatre Team Rehearsal and MEPA courses where he helps strengthen the multi-professional team’s knowledge and confidence in difficult situations.

Gareth Drake

Psychologist in Simulation

Gareth Drake

Gareth is a Clinical Psychologist. He has previously worked alongside medical and nursing staff in the management of Long Term Conditions and Medically Unexplained Symptoms. He is interested in the relationship between the mind and body and in the ways in which staff can be supported with the relational aspects of frontline work in complex settings. Since joining the Simulation Team at GOSH he has developed a particular interest in the parallels between providing a containing therapeutic environment and providing a safe and reflective learning environment.

Apsara Gurung - Simulation Centre Manager

Simulation Centre Manager

Apsara Gurung
BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science

Apsara provides business support to the Clinical Simulation Centre Team. Apsara is native Nepalese and has worked for NHS providing administrative support, leadership and management as Office Manager for Psychological Therapies and Patient Pathway Manager for Trauma and Orthopaedics for the past 4 years. She read Biomedical Science in Cambridge at Anglia Ruskin University with a focus in understanding and treatment of human diseases. Apsara developed a strong sense of devotion for Business/Service Management in Health Care Services with a commitment to excellent patient care. She gained Stepping up qualification from NHS Leadership Academy and is passionately interested in training and development of working people, by providing high quality business management. She aims to ensure Clinical Simulation Service users and Education providers are able to utilise our facilities effectively and efficiently, whilst continually looking to promote and develop the Simulation Centre.

Simulation Technician

Eli Gumble
BEng (Hons) Systems Engineering, RSciTech

After graduating with a Systems Engineering degree from the University of Warwick, Eli joined the Clinical Simulation Centre in 2017 as a technician. Since then, he has introduced, improved and maintained many of the technological and administrative processes in regular use here. In 2020, he became a Registered Science Technician accredited by ASPiH (the Association for Simulated Practice in Healthcare).
Eli's extracurricular experience with combat robotics, live music and radio makes him adept at managing unpredictable real-time scenarios, as many scenarios in the Centre can be, and at finding innovative solutions for inefficient processes.