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Simulated Patient

We require volunteers from both sexes and all age groups who will pretend to be patients so that students can gain experience in dealing with patients in a relaxed and safe atmosphere. A simulated patient is someone who has been carefully trained to portray the emotional, symptomatic and physical characteristics of an actual patient. They are additionally trained to provide feedback to students on their performance during the simulated patient encounter.

About University of Edinburgh - Simulated Patient Programme

Medical Students need to learn how to interact with patients from an early stage in their training. The best way to attain these skills and gain experience in dealing with patients is to role-play the encounter in a relaxed, safe and non-threatening atmosphere. To facilitate this we require members of the public to simulate patients.

Experience Required

No experience is necessary, keen on role play although no acting experience required.

Training Details

Initial training programme. ongoing support.

Flexibility & Commitment

Term Time

3 hours per Month on weekdays

Location/Travel Details

Simulated patients are used at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, Western General Hospital and the Medical School.


We pay travelling expenses for all areas used.

Accessibility Details

  • Named Contact For Volunteer
  • Wheelchair Access, Disabled Access Toile