Making the 'patient' real; Evidence based service user involvement in simulation scenarios.

This source preferred by Sarah Keeley

Authors: Bond, C.S.

Start date: 21 June 2013


Nursing is currently striving to meet the Chief Nurse’s 6Cs Care, compassion, competence, communication, courage and commitment.

Simulation in pre-registration education is an excellent education tool for developing competence, with simulation scenarios based on the nurse / educators professional knowledge of the skills that students need to develop.

Concerns have been expressed however about achieving realism, and promoting empathy when working with manikins, and as well as developing competence simulation needs to be able to also develop caring skills and compassion.

Aim At Bournemouth university's School of Health and Social Care (HSC) we are exploring a new model of scenario design to bring together competence and compassion by developing a new approach to user involvement in simulation.

Rather than using the traditional model of drawing on a single service user's input, in person or through video, we are using a research based approach to present the patient’s experience to students.


We are drawing on previous experience of using data from discussion boards as research data to identify key themes about the patient and family experience of developing and living with dementia that need to be embedded in the life story we will create for our patient, 'Mary'. A Multi media approach will be taken to introduce the students to Mary and her family before she developed health problems, with new video clips and interviews with both Mary and family members introduced as she is admitted, cared for and discharged home.


Our intention is twofold. To ensure that the education experience reflects a humanistic approach to caring, whilst also ensuring that service user involvement is embedded in the experience.

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