Simulated patients, also known as patient actors, are commonly used in simulation. The quality of the actors’ performance is vital to successful learning outcomes. Accessing people with the appropriate skill set and managing the associated costs of employing actors is a challenge for education providers. This presentation reports research outcomes from an interdisciplinary project designed to prepare, recruit and train drama students for simulated patient roles in nursing simulation. The undergraduate drama elective course ‘Theatre Internship’ was modified to include 100 acting hours and a two day Acting 4 Health Programme. Action research (Hearn et al., 2009) incorporating three cycles of development and reflection were employed to evaluate the programme and its impact on learning in simulation. A modified Simulation Satisfaction Experience Scale (Levett-Jones et al., 2011) and focus group interviews were used to collect data. Results from the research and information regarding the programme setup and content will be reported. The presentation will highlight lessons learnt during the implementation process and make recommendations for future development. The presentation will be of interest to academics and clinicians using simulation to teach clinical skills. While established for Nursing and Midwifery the information provided in this presentation is transferable to other disciplines.
6th International Clinical Skills Conference: Creativity and Diversity in Clinical Skills Education and Research, Prato, Italy 17-20 May 2015
6th International Clinical Skills Conference Book of Abstracts / pp.95