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'Unlocking High Performance Teams'

Recently 4 members of the team visited OxStar (Oxford Simulation, Teaching and Research), the University of Oxford’s purpose built, state-of-the-art medical simulation teaching and research facility in the Nuffield Division of Anaesthetics at the John Radcliffe Hospital. However, on this occasion there was no clinical training involved - they attended a 'Human Factors' training day; to give them an insight as to how this extremely powerful tool can help to unlock the high performance potential both individually and for the UltraMedix clinical teams.

The principles and practices of 'Human Factors' focus on optimising human performance through better understanding the behaviour of individuals, their interactions with each other and with their environment. By acknowledging human limitations, human factors offers ways to minimise and mitigate human frailties, so reducing error and its consequences.

The team were met by Gareth Lock, who delivers his unique training package to a broad spectrum teams, ranging from divers to surgical intervention teams. They were introduced to 'GemaSim', a tool which uses specific and validated behavioural marker schemes for non-technical skills development and HR assessment schemes. More information can be found by clicking on the following link.

“Enhancing clinical performance through an understanding of the effects of teamwork, tasks, equipment, workspace, culture and organisation on human behaviour and abilities and application of that knowledge in clinical settings” - Department of Health Human Factors Reference Group

Our MD, Cameron, shared his thoughts after experiencing GemaSim for the first time: "The powerful training tools that Gareth has at his disposal allows him to highlight and identify how individuals and team dynamics really work. GemaSim creates high pressure situations which force you to show your true individual strengths and areas for improvement. An eye opening experience and highly recommended to all who work closely in multi disciplinary teams - I guarantee it will change your way of thinking!".

UltraMedix will be working closely with Gareth to host a number of Human Factors training days. More information can be found on the Human in the System website,, or by contacting

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