Making Simulated Placements a Real Alternative

  • Chris Essen (Speaker)
  • Sohail Khan (Contributor to Paper or Presentation)
  • McCrorie, C. (Contributor to Paper or Presentation)

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation


Simulated placements are an alternative to some of the time students spend on practice placement in healthcare settings and are designed to recreate certain aspects of professional practice learning. The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) say that proportionate use of simulated practice involving “real people” is a valuable way for students to develop appropriate attitudes and skills (pg. 10, Part 3, NMC, 2018).

At the University of Huddersfield, 300 hours of simulated practice learning hours have been incorporated within the BSc Nursing programme (out of 2300 total practice placement hours) and 200 hours within the MSc programme. We have been keen to ensure our simulated placements, experienced mostly online, are relevant to student nurses and as such involve our Public Partnership Group (PPG) members. From the outset, a range of PPG members have influenced and shaped simulated placements across each of the three years.

In this showcase, we will present the context and examples of where students have engaged with PPG members. For example, during online sessions where they discuss their experiences of health services, their care preferences, and opinions about matters such as complaints handling. And in another, when they provide feedback and help judge a competition for health promotion posters created by learners as part of their simulated placement.

We will also highlight how PPG members helped produce resources used outside of live sessions, before concluding with some positive student evaluations, demonstrating that service user and carer voices are central to achieving inspiring student learning during their simulated placements.
Period16 May 2024
Event titleAuthenticity to Action Conference 2024: Creative Approaches to Public and Patient Involvement in Health and Social Care Education
Event typeConference
LocationPreston, United KingdomShow on map
Degree of RecognitionInternational