The Kuwait Clinical Skills Centre at the Dasman Diabetes Institute was the venue for the First Gulf Clinical Skills and Simulation based Education Conference from the 9th to the 10th of May 2012.

Over 60 delegates from around the Gulf States gathered to focus on how health care professionals throughout the region could enhance patient safety using simulation based education.

Dr Kazem Behbehani, the Director General of the Dasman Diabetes Institute opened the conference highlighting the lead Kuwait wants to take in embedding clinical skills education in health care practices.

The Conference has developed from the Kuwait -Scotland e-Health Innovation Network (KSeHIN) launched in 2010, a partnership which is supporting transformational changes in health care delivery for patients with diabetes in Kuwait.

Professor Jean Ker the chair of the organizing committee was delighted to welcome Dr Ian Curran, Dean of Educational Excellence from the London Deanery and Dr. Rona Patey an expert on the WHO patient safety curriculum from the University of Aberdeen on day 1 of the conference.

Professor Philip Cotton from the University of Glasgow provided a stimulating, interactive plenary on communication skills for clinical encounters on Day 2 and the conference was given an excellent presentation on the role of simulation in assessment by Dr Ross Scalese from the University of Miami. Dr Mohammad Abdulwahab the clinical skills director was delighted by the standard of the plenaries and the enthusiasm of the participants.

All the plenary speakers plus clinical skills experts from the University of Dundee and the Dasman provided a series of workshops on the use of moulage, clinical leadership, learning using the OSCE, safe team-working technicial skills development and patient safety. Students on the Masters in Diabetes Care and Education programme run by the University of Dundee presented posters of their work from their Masters in Diabetes Care and Education run by the University of Dundee. Delegates identified the need to form a Gulf clinical skill network to share best practices and identify how simulation could be used most effectively from education and training for both patients and professionals. The conference was a resounding success with delegates describing the two days as energizing, empowering and instructive. Plans are already underway to host the second conference in 2013.