The simulated patient programme provides an introductory experience for students to practice clinical and communication skills. There are two categories of simulated patient: communication skills and clinical skills:
Clinical skills simulated patients serve as living anatomic models for students to practice basic skills such as taking a blood pressure and performing physical examinations. They also provide students with an opportunity to practise history taking and diagnosis. No special knowledge or acting experience is required.
Communication skills simulated patients act out a particular role or character allowing students to respond appropriately. They are provided with a scenario rather than a script and are expected to act in the manner of the role they have been provided with; therefore acting skills are required. The workshops do not include any clinical examinations.