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Non-technical skills: identifying, training, and assessing safe behaviours 

Non-technical skills: identifying, training, and assessing safe behaviours
Non-technical skills: identifying, training, and assessing safe behaviours

Rhona Flin

and Nicola Maran

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date: 05 May 2021

Non-technical skills such as decision-making, situation awareness, leadership, and teamworking underpin the technical skills required for safe and efficient practice. This chapter outlines the background to the non-technical skills approach which has now been adopted in healthcare. These skills have been identified for specific clinicians and the taxonomies of non-technical skills for anaesthetists (ANTS), anaesthetic practitioners (ANTS-AP), surgeons (NOTSS) and scrub nurses (SPLINTS) are described. Simulation facilities provide an ideal setting for examining the behaviours related to non-technical skills. We discuss how these behavioural rating assessment systems can be used in simulation-based training to enhance the debriefing of participants.

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