Sim patients

Simulated patient programme

As part of our training of health care professionals, we require people to act as patients and their relatives when we are unable to use real patients to help train students and staff.

Simulated patients, often members of the public or other staff, act out a medical situation, following guidelines in how to respond to the trainees. Simulated patients are used for communication and physical training, as well as examining students in these skills.

We recruit people from across the local community to represent individuals served by University Hospital Southampton. This includes those from different ethnic groups, individuals with disabilities and those with existing medical conditions. Our simulated patients also represent individuals with a variety of sexual orientations and patients where English is not their first language.

In some cases, simulated patients who are looking after young children can also bring them along.

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