NHS Highland are seeking volunteers for training new medical professionals.
A volunteer patient programme has been run at Raigmore Hospital since 2008, as part of a partnership between NHS Highland and Aberdeen University.
They rely on members of the public from all walks of life to volunteer for a few sessions a year to become “simulated patients” for trainee doctors and nurses
These volunteers help to provide a realistic learning experience, where the students can gain confidence and competence in a safe and controlled environment.
NHS Highland clinical skills educator Ailsa Armstrong said: “We are appealing to members of the public who would like to volunteer to become a valuable part of the training in medical education within NHS Highland.
“There is no prior training or experience necessary to be selected to join the programme and we look for people of all ages who can commit to one or two sessions per month. It is important to note that it takes three months to become fully trained, so it is a significant time commitment, and we ask that you take that into consideration before applying.
“You will be invited to attend a training session and then ‘shadow’ an experienced simulated patient until you feel you are comfortable to be involved yourself.
“You will work with small groups of students and a tutor/facilitator. There is a variety of educational sessions where students practice there communication and examination skills.
“Role play is not always required and you will only ever be asked to undertake roles that you are comfortable doing.”
Mrs Armstrong added: “There are a number of benefits of being a volunteer.
“We cover travel expenses and provide refreshments; there is a friendly atmosphere and you have the opportunity to meet other volunteers.”
Anyone interested in applying or for further details, please contact Louise Annand on 01463 255810 or via firstname.lastname@example.org .