Operational Group

Operational Group

Angela Hope

Chair of the YHCSSN


Along with the role as Chair of the regional network, Angela was the  Trust lead for Clinical Skills and Simulation at Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Trust before retiring in July 2019. Angela still holds an emeritis role as Honorary Associate Trust Lead for CS & Sim in the trust.   Angela trained as a nurse at Calderdale and went on to become a senior ward sister.

She has always had a keen interest in simulation and clinical skills and went on to become a lecturer in the subject at Huddersfield University and is currently an Associate Lecturer with the University, having returned from Australia having taken a Senior Lecturer post at the University of Wollongong NSW.  Angela is also a Teaching Fellow with the Higher Education Academy of Great Britain with the specialist subject area of simulated learning. A further key area of interest has been quality assurance in both clinical areas and education in association to patient care.

Angela has proven experience of developing a number of internationally recognised clinical skills programmes and working alongside industry. Angela has an interest in developing shared learning with multiprofessionals and development of soft/low tech simulation such as Human Factors, Communication and Leading and Management skills.

One of the founder members of the Network and previous Vice Chair, Angela has a number of publications and has undertaken a role of reviewer with Nurse Education in Practice through the past decade.


Jane Nicklin

YHCSSN Operational group member

ASPiH Operations Manager


Jane is a registered Operating Department Practitioner and has been involved with the Yorkshire & Humber Clinical Skills Network for many years, she has specific responsibilities for liaising with industry, the Annual Conference Exhibition and sponsorship.

She has been on the Association for Simulated Practice in Healthcare (ASPiH) Executive Committee since 2013 and was recently appointed as ASPiH's new Operations Manager. She is also joint Chair of the ASPiH Technicians and Learning Technologists SIG.

In her freelance consultancy role ‘SimSupport’, Jane continues to raise the profile and opportunities for professional development of UK simulation technicians. She coordinated the first pilot of clinical skills and simulation technician apprentices in 2014/2015 in HEE Yorkshire and the Humber and in 2016 was instrumental in gaining professional registration for simulation technicians through the Science Council, with ASPiH as their professional body.


Ann Sunderland

YHCSSN Operational group member

Consultant in Clinical Skills and Simulation


Ann qualified as a registered nurse in 1986 and worked in general practice both as a practice nurse and later as a nurse practitioner. She became a senior lecturer at Leeds Beckett University in 2006, teaching into postrgraduate programmes and clinical skills modules. In 2011/12, she helped design the new clinical skills suite at the University and successfully completed an MMedSci in Medical Education, again focusing on clinical skills and simulation. She has had an active role within the simulation community since then, being selected as a regional simulation development officer for the Association of Simulated Practice in Healthcare (ASPiH)/Higher Education Academy (HEA) as well as working in collaboration with other organisations in relation to simulation-based education. In 2018, she left full time academia to set up her own business, Wynnefield Consulting as well as working freelance for a number or organisations. She is an ASPiH accredited educator and sits on the ASPiH Executive Committee and Accreditation Committee.


David Graham

YHCSSN Operational group member

Lecturer in Adult Nursing at the University of York


Prior to working at the University of York, David worked in critical care nursing, gaining experience in intensive care nursing, including specialist neuro and cardiac intensive care units.

David has an interest in innovative ways of teaching including high fidelity simulation and use of technology in teaching.

Michelle McKenzie Smith

YHCSSN Operational group member

Clinical Skills, Simulation and Resuscitation Manager at Doncaster & Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals NHS FT


Michelle joined the Montagu Clinical Simulation Centre in January 2007 as a Clinical Educator and then Senior Clinical Educator; assisting and facilitating simulation training courses, but also travelled extensively around the Yorkshire and Humber Region promoting the educational benefits of simulation training.  In 2012, I became manager of the simulation centre and In April 2015, following a restructure of all education and training services across Doncaster  & Bassetlaw Hospitals I was appointed Clinical Skills, Simulation, Resuscitation and Manual Handling Manager . This full time post affords plenty of opportunity keep up to date with current trends and developments in clinical skills and simulation while still facilitating some simulation training courses at Montagu Clinical Simulation Centre.


Caren Reid RSciTech

Y&H CSN Operational group member

Clinical Skills and Simulation Technician at Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS FT


Caren is the  Clinical Skills and Simulation Technician at Calderdale and Huddersfield Foundation Trust. Caren has worked within this role since the development of the Simulation Suites across both sites in 2011, having previously worked within a number of roles in Medical Education and training. Caren has been a key influence in the inception and support of simulation within the trust  looking after both the technological and administration aspects of simulation training.

Caren is Registered Science Technician with the Science Council & ASPiH, she also holds NVQ/ Diploma level 3 Laboratory and Associated Technical Activities (Education Science), which she gained in 2015 and is hopeful to further her NVQ training in the near future.

Caren has a keen interest in moulage and is eager that her role on the operational group will be influential in advancing the role of the technician both regionally and nationally.

Caren is the new  Yorkshire & Humber Regional Tech Champion for ASPiH.


Richard Hill

Y&H CSN Operational group member


Main duties as part of the Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Trust IT Department I identified a need to utilize future technology to improve service and patient care. My main role has been to develop and implement a new collaboration initiative project, enhancing the communication between the trust and primary care services including the local CCG's. I am responsible for the end to end process including the implementation of new policies and procedures, software roll out, security patching and best practices pertaining to communication via this media. This is a new and developing service within IT on a national scale allowing national NHS and 3rd party services to communicate with our Trust utilizing Cisco Jabber, Lync 2013 and Telepresence. I have developed a user friendly interface by researching the needs of the stakeholders. I have had the opportunity to develop a simple and easy to audit cycle, evaluate and enhance the ongoing user experience of this fast growing method of networking.

Martin Hague

YHCSSN Operational group member

Manager for Clinical Skills and Patients as Educators at the University of Sheffield


I founded the Patients as Educators Programme at the University of Sheffield in 2004. Since its introduction the programme has grown from strength to strength and has generated national and international acclaim.

I oversee the management of over 750 patients as educators with responsibility for the implementation of the PaE programme, ensuring that it feeds into the MBChB curriculum and complements the strategic plan of the unit of Medical Education.

I also manage the clinical skills centre and the delivery of the clinical skills components of the curriculum which are taught, learned and assessed by colleagues across the faculty and region and with the associate teaching hospitals.

I present clinical skills and Patients as Educators workshops, nationally and internationally, and have had papers published in international journals.

Team Photo from the 2019 Yorkshire and Humber/HEE Clinical Skills and Simulation Conference