Assessing Quality Simulated Participant Programs: A Case Study of Bond University’s Simulated Participant Program

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Abstract

Assessing the quality of Simulated Participant Programs (SPPs) has long been a challenge for health professions faculty. A number of frameworks exist to determine markers of quality in SPPs, such as the Association of Standardised Patient Educators (ASPE) Standards of Best Practice (SOBP) and the UK Simulated Patient Common Framework (Lewis et al, 2017; Gough et al., 2015). Both frameworks present domains for assessing quality in the areas of working environments, program management, training, risk assessment and other quality assurance issues. This abstract presents the review of the Bond University
Simulated Participant Program in 2021 and 2022, which utilised the UK Simulated Patient Common Framework.

Results
Over the course of the review, the Bond University Participant Program demonstrated significant improvement between the first and second reviews.
In 2021, the 5 domains (Resource considerations, recruitment and selection process, training requirements, risk assessments and quality assurance procedures) were either not met or partially met. In 2022, 4 out of 5 domains were met, with one area remaining partially met - challenges remain with regards to issues of ensuring staff diversity and minimising stereotypes.

Conclusions
The framework was a useful tool for evaluating the quality benchmarks of an SPP, however, there were gaps in the framework that present opportunities for the simulation and health professions community to explore.
Original languageEnglish
Pages80
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - May 2023
EventICSF: International Clinical Skills Foundation: 9th International Clinical Skills Conference 2023 - Monash Prato Center, Via Pugliesi, 26, 59100, Prato, Italy
Duration: 21 May 202324 May 2023
Conference number: 9th
https://internationalclinicalskillsconference.com/

Conference

ConferenceICSF: International Clinical Skills Foundation
Abbreviated titleICSF
Country/TerritoryItaly
CityPrato
Period21/05/2324/05/23
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