Manchester Metropolitan University Awarded £152,000 From NHS for ‘Simulated Patient’ Training Programs

simulated patient programs

Sharing today the work of the UK & Australian Simulation Champions listed below who are researching simulated patient methodology which I have been told is “of a different flavor”.

Current research

Simulated Patients (SPs) are real people trained to portray patients and to give feedback to learners on their interactions. SPs are involved in simulation-based education to help to provide a safe environment for the ‘patient’ and learner in which to rehearse ‘patient-centeredness’ and other critical aspects of healthcare professionalism. SPs are commonly involved in teaching, research and curriculum development in Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) as advisors.

Manchester Metropolitan University have been awarded £152,000 from NHS Health Education North West, to develop two regional ‘Simulated Patient’ training programmes. The project teams involve specialists from UK and International universities.



Simulated Patients: blending performing arts pedagogy and healthcare education –  The aim of this project is to develop a ‘Train-The-Simulated Patient’ (2TSP) programme, which will embed performing arts methodology to enhance the quality of the healthcare learning environment for existing and future workforce training and development.

Simulated Patients: a standardised, quality assured approach to training and implementation – The aim of this project is to improve knowledge, awareness and best practice in relation to embedding SPs within simulation-based education or workforce development training programmes in the UK. The Simulated Patient Train The Trainer (SP3T) programme features a pre-requisite e-learning course followed by an interactive, evidence based workshop.

Principal Investigators

  • Suzanne Gough – Department of Health Professions
  • Leah Greene – Department of Health Professions and Nursing

Project Team

  • Mr Stuart Roberts – Manchester Metropolitan University
  • Mrs Ann Natali –  Manchester Metropolitan University
  • Visiting Professor Ralph MacKinnon – Manchester Metropolitan University
  • Mark Hellaby – North West Simulation Education Network, UK
  • Professor Debra Nestel – Monash University, Australia
  • Dr Neil Tuttle – Griffith University, Australia
  • Professor Brain Webster – Napier University, UK‌‌

Check out the Project Website and contact Debra Nestel for more information!


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