Patient Simulators Job in UK at Health And Education Center
Greater London, Part Time *Subject To Experience
We teach medical doctors for their various professional medical exams. As a part of their training program they need to demonstrate skills of communication/conversation with patients and for which we employ “patient simulators” or basically actors attending to be patients with given problems.
Most often we have mock tests which involve 10-20 students at a time and need those many simulators. In the current climate these tests are done online (so working from home) and even after the pandemic we presume it will continue.
What do the patient simulators do?
a. They pretend to have a medical condition or a problem. For example, a given actor may be trained to be a depressed patient talking to the doctor or one who has migraine or “an abnormal smear”.
b. The actors arranged from very young at 20 or 25 to older like 60 and 70. Both men and women. This will reflect the wide spectrum of patients that we see in the wards and thus will be sued in the exams.
c. A single actor may be trained for 2,3 or 4 or even more types of patient based on their enthusiasm and their ability. More the patient situation they can simulator the more will they be needed, the more hours will they get to work.
All the “training” of simulators is done by doctors.
What is the time and duration of work for the actors?
Typically a mock test will have 14 or 18 stations and there will be those many actors logged in online on a zoom program.
Every student doctor will spend 10 minutes with one actor and then at the end of 10 minutes next station wherein another actor will engage with him. This continues for those 14 or 15 stations and this will be around 200 minutes depending on the test.
Sometimes some actors are invited to participate in our group discussion and training, then we don’t have so many actors working at the same time.
The admin’s job in this.
a. Keep a database of the actors, their particulars such as age, sex and what they have been trained for, their updated in the training. When and where they last used. Feedback about their performance
b. Discussing with the consultants about when would the next slot of exams be and what stations would be placed and then confirm if we have the right actors or not. If we don’t stations will have to change with a discussion.
c. Keeping a tab on the hours done by each actor, their payments can be made.
d. At the minute the job of liaising with the student doctors is been done by another secretary but once more work happens in the UK (currently it’s all overseas) then there will be other general engagement with students/doctors as a part of the job.
We train Doctors & Nurses in UK.