Work with us! – Standardised/Simulated Participant

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Are you interested in contributing to the development of the next generation of health care 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 health care and medicine.

To find out more, see below for more details on this exciting role.

What is an 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 to enable students to develop and practice necessary skills such as but not limited to interpersonal and communication skills. SPs provide a standardised, consistent, more realistic learning experience for students and play a vital role in improving student confidence and engagement.

What is required of me?

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 in an SP are:

• Effective communicator
• Flexible
• Follows instructions well
• A team player
• Willing to be recorded and give feedback to students

Will there be training?

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Potential applicants 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. Following this, successful applicants will undergo training to ensure they are meeting the standards needed from them. Continuous support will be provided by the CSSC team to ensure a positive experience for all Standardised Participants.

Will I be paid?

SP’s will be paid at the casual work, basic pay rate only for sessions worked. This does not include any training sessions undertaken by the participant.

How do I apply?

If you are interested in finding out more, please email your details and any
questions to FHSCM-CSSTeam@edgehill.ac.uk.

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