School of Medicine graduates will be practising modern medicine into the next half of the 21st century, so we need to equip our medical students with a skills-set that ensures that they know:
Patient volunteers provide an invaluable role in the development and training of our students. We enlist the help of patient volunteers to act as ‘real patients’ so that students can develop both their communication skills as well as their diagnostic abilities in simulated real-life situations. In this respect students will be better prepared when on clinical placements in hospitals, clinic and GP practices.
We need volunteers to help train our student doctors. You can help by being a simulated and/or clinical patient.
Simulated patients are members of the public who volunteer to ‘act’ as patients, allowing our students to learn how to undertake consultations, perform examinations and practice procedural skills - such as taking patients’ blood pressure.
Clinical patients are members of the public who – having an existing or long term medical condition - are willing to discuss their symptoms and condition with our students in order to increase their knowledge and understanding of different conditions from the patients’ perspective.
If you are interested in taking part in this invaluable work for us, we would ask you to complete the short application form below.
You will then be invited to attend an information session, where we can tell you more about what is involved and make sure that you are suitable to take part. If you are happy to continue, we would then ask you to attend a selection interview. Once accepted into the Patient Partners group, we will provide you with any necessary training.
Teaching and assessments will be held in the School of Medicine building at our Chelmsford campus.
All new volunteers to the Patient Partners group will be invited to complete a diary of availability for the forthcoming academic year (September–July), there is no maximum or minimum number of times you would be required as this will depend entirely on your availability. However, we would normally ask you to commit to a minimum of two half-days across the academic year.
Please email: firstname.lastname@example.org for further details on the group.