Simulators are actors trained in delivering patient roleplay for a variety of clinical/educational scenarios. HEE Kent, Surrey and Sussex (KSS) has a dedicated pool of simulators who have developed a portfolio of cases appropriate to a range of workshops environments.

These include:

  • CSA consulting for the MRCGP
  • trainees in difficulty
  • GP appraisal
  • telephone or practice consulting
  • trainer days
  • VTS training
  • patient consultation
  • GP Selection Assessment Centre.
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Simulators treat all information regarding doctors and patients as confidential outside of the working environment of the simulation team. They also sign an annual ‘Declaration of Confidentiality’ in this respect.


Simulators can stay in role throughout the duration of the workshop. They can switch from being ‘active’ to ‘passive’ according to the requirements of both the session organisers and learners.


Simulators remain uncontaminated by previous consultations or by assumptions about how the learner ought to treat them. Similarly, simulators remain uncontaminated by medical knowledge, which would be unknown to the patient.


Simulators are trained to provide objective and consistent feedback to learners on their performance as required following feedback guidelines.

Continuous professional development of simulators

Simulators are required to attend regular training sessions which are designed to develop their skills in the provision of objective and consistent feedback to learners. Develop their skills in empathising and identifying with the learner needs. Responding appropriately and to facilitate an increasingly flexible portrayal of simulations in the range of workshop environments provided.