Nick Sevdalis Professor
Institute of Psychiatry
Psychology & Neuroscience
King’s College London
Nick is an experimental psychologist, currently appointed Reader in Patient Safety in the Department of Surgery and Cancer and the Patient Safety Translational Research Centre of Imperial College London. Nick is the Director of the ‘Non-Technical Skills and Simulation’ research group and the Deputy Chair of the Patient Safety Centre.
Nick’s research focuses on team assessment and training – using simulation-based applications, and also patient safety skills training, and learning from error. His team is an international leader in the development of scientific assessment tools, and relevant training modules within the peri-operative, resuscitation, and cancer care settings. Nick is also leading the development of innovative approaches to training junior and senior clinicians.
Tools developed by Nick’s group include the Observational Teamwork Assessment for Surgery (OTAS), the revised NOTECHS scale for operating theatres, and the Multidisciplinary Team Metric for the Observational of Decision Making (MDT-Mode) for cancer care teams/tumour boards. Training programmes developed by Nick’s group include the “Safety Skills for Surgeons” half-day course (for senior trainees), the “Human Factors and Teamwork in the Operating Theatre” one-day train-the-trainers workshop (for Consultant/Attending-level physicians), and the “Lessons Learnt” 6-month workplace patient safety course (for junior trainees).
Nick’s research has been disseminated in over 200 peer-reviewed publications and over 60 invited lectures to date. Nick currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Association for Surgical Education (USA), he is an advisor to the Royal College of Anaesthetists ‘Safe Anaesthesia Liaison Group’ (UK), he is Editor-in-Chief of BMJ Simulation & Technology Enhanced Learning, Associate Editor of Implementation Science and serves on the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Surgery, BJU International, the International Journal of Nursing Studies, the Journal of Behavioral Decision Making, and the Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice.