Meet the Lancashire Simulation Team

Introducing the Lancashire Simulation team. Between them they have a wealth of experience from a range of clinical backgrounds. 

Read the bios below to learn more about them.

Mark Pimblett, High-Tech Clinical Skills Trainer

Mark Pimblett, Lancashire Simulation Team Mark established and currently works at the Simulation Suite at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals.

His professional background is in Operating Department Practice, specialising mainly in Anaesthesia and Emergency Medicine. He has over 30 years of clinical practice.

He changed his professional direction into medical education in 2003, incorporating his clinical experience and his interest in technologies to establish Human Patient Simulation training, within the North West region of England. He designed the Lancashire Teaching Hospitals Human Patient Simulation Centre that runs regional and national courses in a diverse range of emergency medicine.

Mark is an international speaker in all aspects of human patient simulation, from simulation centre design, scenario development, performance analysis and technology innovation.

Mark is an expert trainer in Human Factors and a specialist in video debrief and feedback. He has made significant developments into video performance and statistical analysis. Mark has recently had a book published titled ‘How to Teach Using Simulation in Healthcare’ which he co-authored with simulation experts and medical educators.

Karen Scullion, Team Lead and Simulation Clinical Skills Facilitator

 Karen Scullion, Lancashire Teaching Hospitals

Karen currently works as Team Lead and Simulation Clinical Skills Facilitator within the Simulation Suite at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals.

After qualifying as a registered general nurse in 2002, Karen has worked within the Emergency Department setting, at Blackpool Victoria Hospital and then at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals.  

Having spent several years within the Emergency Department Karen then became a Nursing Sister in 2006.  During this time Karen completed an Advanced Certificate in Emergency Care and the Mentorship Course at the University of Central Lancashire.

Karen holds a Bachelor of Science Honours degree in Professional Practice and a Diploma of Higher Education in Nursing Studies from the University of Central Lancashire.

When not at work Karen can always be found living the outdoor life, either competing or riding her beloved horse Mr Darcy or walking around the lakes and mountains.

Amanda Burton, Simulation Team Facilitator

Amanda Burton, Lancashire Simulation Team  Amanda is one of the Simulation team Facilitators who qualified as a Registered General Nurse in 1994. She completed her traditional style of Nurse training at the West Yorkshire college of Heath, and went on to work in areas including Trauma orthopaedics, Plastics and Reconstruction and High Dependency care. 

Amanda then moved back to Lancashire and continued to gain experience as a senior staff nurse in the areas of Maxilla Facial surgery, and then Outpatients. She has worked for public and private sectors both in Lancashire and for 6 months in New Zealand, before developing her career as an Emergency Department Sister here in Preston. After 10 years she moved to the Trusts Bereavement and Donor Support Team for the next 2 years, before joining the Health Academy and Human Patient Simulation. 

Amanda has kept up to date with various courses and qualifications, including a diploma in professional studies and intends to work towards degree level in the future. 

On a more personal level Amanda is a bit of a rebel and enjoys the thrill of riding a motorcycle throughout the summer and spends her winters skiing. She is always happy to put others at ease and ensure their experiences in Simulation are laced with humour where possible. 

Aaron Ashford, Technician

Aaron Ashford, Lancashire Simulation Team  After successfully completing a years apprenticeship in 2016, Aaron now works permanently as the  technician for Simulation and Resuscitation at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals.  Aaron’s main responsibilities include, the maintenance and setup of the high fidelity manikins, team support, facilitation and setup of courses and administration duties.

After finishing school in 2014, Aaron attended Runshaw College where he qualified as a personal trainer and gym instructor.  During this time he also worked weekends at a large DIY superstore, where he gained experience in customer service.

During his spare time Aaron can be found working out at the gym and providing personal training sessions to friends and family, playing football or socialising with friends.

Winifred Ellick

Winifred Ellick, Lancashire Teaching Hospitals Winnie works as a Bank Clerical Officer and has been with the Simulation Team since April 2017. She deals with the administration, course bookings & daily housekeeping. Prior to this she worked for Wye Valley NHS Trust . Winnie has travelled lots and lived in Cyprus, Ascension Island & St Helena Island where she has worked in various clerical roles. She worked in education and conservation.

Winnie likes a challenge and recently joined the Army Reserves. She likes the great outdoors and enjoys sailing and scuba diving holidays but in warmer climates.  She currently paddles with Preston Dragons, her local dragon boat team.