Simulated Teaching Using Actors or Standardised Patients
What is a standardised patient or clinical actor:
A standardised patient is a healthy person that has been trained by clinical staff to portray a clinical condition. The SP has been trained to enact a real patient’s personal history, physical symptoms, emotions and everyday concerns of a real patient with a disorder, condition or pathology.
The SP can be a flexible tool for medical educators for a variety of settings and professional groups. This Includes inactive teaching environments, one to one teaching, group demonstrations, clinical examinations, video recordings or bespoke situations to meet the educator’s needs.
It systematically improves the delivery of healthcare professionals and students learning by
It broadens the scope of students and healthcare professional’s clinical experience and reflections on action and in action via exposure to a range of patient’s scenarios.
It prepares student health care professionals for OSCE and clinical exams.
It prepares healthcare professionals for professional exams and extended roles in clinical practice.
It contributes to professional scholarship through: Research, publications and presentations in the area of standardised patient simulation programmes.