The educational approach

Combining knowledge acquisition with hands-on practice to improve competence and confidence.

Based on evidence

The HMBS educational approach was shaped by key findings from a 2011 literature review. This review identified effective training approaches for in-service healthcare education. The findings highlighted that case-based learning, clinical simulations, and practice with feedback are the most effective techniques for improving and maintaining knowledge and skills.

Active learning methods, such as these, have proven more effective than passive instruction like reading or lectures. Research also stresses repetitive interventions and training in or near the workplace for optimal skill acquisition

Engaging participants

Based on these findings, the HMBS training programs focus on facility-based learning that focuses on:

  • Engaging demonstrations – To facilitate learning, key points are explained briefly, giving priority to demonstrations that engage participants.
  • Hands-on practice – Practice activities are prioritized over talking, and feedback is given to improve performance. Emphasis is placed on respectful care and good communication.
  • Improvement-focused discussions – Discussions are encouraged to explore current practices, reasons for new practices, and ways to overcome barriers.

Preparing facilitators

One of the key steps to ensure the success of the HMBS programs is having facilitators with competencies in simulation-based learning. Learn more about SimBegin and how it can support faculty training