Clinical Skills Development Service

Pocket Centres

What is simulation-based education?

Healthcare simulation is used to educate individual clinicians or multidisciplinary teams in a way that poses no threat to a patient. Simulation can be used for training technical performance of procedures, to replicate patient presentations, to help develop effective communication skills, and as a valuable tool for system redesign.

What are Pocket Centres?

Pocket Centres (PCs) originated from the need for a standardised model for delivering simulation-based training across Queensland, through the Distributed State-wide Simulation Delivery Model. The initiative aims to improve patient outcomes by supplying the clinical workforce with high-quality, readily accessible simulation-based education.

The PC is developed and operated locally, with ongoing support from the Metro North Hospital and Health Service, Clinical Skills Development Service (CSDS). By using the combined resources of CSDS and individual Hospital and Health Services (HHS), PCs provide training specific to local requirements, often in the clinician’s own working environment and with minimal disruption to patient care.

There are currently PCs established in individual work units, hospitals, and HHS’ across Queensland. Some of these centres are purpose-built with multiple rooms. Some use spare clinical space, while others are based in units to provide planned and opportunistic training.

Actual Pocket Centre set up

What are the benefits of establishing a Pocket Centre?

  • Equitable access to simulation equipment for all clinicians within Queensland Health, regardless of location.
  • Specific education reflecting local training requirements and staff availability.

CSDS will cover the cost of:

  • Training pathways for simulation staff comprising four (4) CSDS-funded pathways within the first twelve months of PC establishment, then one (1) each calendar year. Pathways include Simulation Coordinator or Faculty.
  • Access to curriculum and scenarios through CSDS Central when available.
  • Equipment and Product loans through the CSDS SimShop (including freight costs). For more information on available equipment and consumables visit the SimShop.
  • Simulation equipment required to set up the PC (within limits) and repair of existing local simulation equipment if equipment is asset transferred to CSDS.
  • Ongoing support to simulation staff and replacement, repair, and maintenance of CSDS-owned simulation equipment (refer to the Pocket Centre Agreement).

What is the process to establish a Pocket Centre?

  • Download a Pocket Application Form and return the completed form to
  • CSDS will organise a visit to the site to establish the simulation, audio-visual equipment and training requirements, and discuss the terms of the Pocket Centre Agreement.

The Pocket Centre Agreement outlines the responsibilities of:

  • CSDS and of the HHS and unit establishing the PC. This document will be signed by the Chief Executive of the HHS in which the new PC will be situated and by the Executive Director, CSDS on behalf of Metro North HHS.
  • At least two locally nominated staff members need to be available for Simulation Coordinator training (over a period of two to five days, dependant on the scope of the PC) provided by CSDS Simulation Educators to become Pocket Simulation Coordinators. Facilitators can also receive training through the CSDS.
  • Installation of audio-visual and simulation equipment begins, pending the availability of local training space. This process typically takes several months, depending on the existing demand for new Pocket Centres.

What are the key ingredients to the success of a Pocket Centre?

  • Executive level support and buy-in from local department directors and managers
  • Key staff who champion simulation education
  • Support from CSDS, in the form of:
  • Provision of training to a local Pocket Simulation Coordinator in the fundamental skills of simulation-based training and facilitation.
  • Supply and ongoing maintenance of simulation and AV equipment.
  • Provision of resources, collaboration, and networking opportunities.

Need more information?

For more information on establishing a Pocket Centre, please complete our contact form or contact us on (07) 3646 6500 or