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Work with us – Standardised/Simulated Participant (SP)

Are you interested in contributing the development of the next generation of healthcare professionals? Learn more about our paid, medical roleplay opportunities at our campuses in Ormskirk and Manchester.

Simulated Participants perform a simulation in the Clinical Skills and Simulation Centre

What is a Standardised/Simulated Participant (SP)?

Standardised/Simulated Participants, or SPs, are members of the public who undergo training to play the roles of family members or patients. They are referred to as medical role-players. 

As an SP you’ll enable students to develop necessary skills such as interpersonal and communication techniques. You’ll also provide a standardised, consistent and more realistic learning experience for future healthcare professionals. Your role will play a vital role in improving their confidence and engagement.

The SP was everything I could have hoped for when writing the simulation scenario.

Academic feedback

What is required?

We’re looking for dynamic, enthusiastic individuals from all walks of life. No previous experience in medical roleplay or acting is required.

We want to accurately portray the diverse communities that we live in, and actively encourage people of all ages, genders, and cultural backgrounds to get involved.

Health students take part in a simulated session with a simulated participant.

Qualities we are looking for

  • Effective communication
  • Flexibility with time and scheduling
  • Ability to follow instructions and guidance
  • A team player
  • Willing to be recorded and provide feedback to students
  • A desire to support our healthcare students
Simulated participants during a workshop

How will I be supported in the role?

If you’re interested in becoming an SP, you’ll be invited to attend our free workshops. Sessions run at our Ormskirk and Manchester St James campuses, dependent on availability and demand. The sessions allow you to explore the role in more detail, and to decide if it’s the right fit for you.

Following employment as an SP, continuous support will be provided from our SP lead and the Clinical Skills and Simulation team.

The experience was enjoyable and rewarding. I’m looking forward to future SP roles involved with students’ training needs.

Quote from an SP following a workshop

Will I be paid?

All SPs are paid at the casual work, basic pay rate for sessions worked.

How do I apply to become an SP?

To find out more, or to book onto one of our workshop sessions, please email CSSC-SP. Our team are happy to provide any additional information.