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Work with us – Standardised/Simulated Participant (SP)

Are you interested in contributing to the development of the next generation of healthcare professionals? Have you got some spare time that you could commit to this role? As a Standardised/Simulated Participant (SP), you could help improve student experience, and make a real difference to the future of healthcare and medicine.

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What is a Standardised/Simulated Participant (SP)?

An SP is the overall term used to describe a Standardised/Simulated Participant – also referred to as a “simulated patient”. SPs are members of the general public who undergo training to portray the roles of family members or patients. As an SP, you will enable students to develop and practice necessary skills such as – but not limited to –interpersonal and communication skills. You will also provide a standardised, consistent, and more realistic learning experience for future healthcare professionals that will play a vital role in improving their confidence and engagement.

What is required?

We are looking for dynamic, enthusiastic individuals from all walks of life to take part. We want our participants to accurately portray the diverse communities that we live in and actively encourage people of all ages, genders, and cultural backgrounds to get involved.

Qualities we are looking for:

  • effective communicator
  • flexible
  • follows instructions well
  • a team player
  • willing to be recorded and give feedback to students

Will there be training?

You will be able to take part in “an introduction to the SP role” half-day at the Clinical Skills and Simulation Centre (CSSC) here at Edge Hill to see if the role is the right fit for you. If you are successful, you will undergo training to ensure you are meeting the standards needed from them. Continuous support will be provided by the CSSC team to ensure a positive experience for all SPs.

Will I be paid?

You will be paid at the casual work, basic pay rate only for sessions worked. This does not include any training sessions undertaken.

How do I apply to become an SP?

If you are interested in finding out more, please email your details and any questions.