Exploring student perceptions of using a simulation house in preparation for Clinical Placement

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Many undergraduate healthcare students are anxious about starting a clinical placement. Simulating activities and environments that students will experience prior to starting their first clinical placement is potentially a useful process in reducing student anxiety.

100 second year Physiotherapy students took part in a session within a simulated community house setting prior to their first clinical placement. The session allowed students to interact with a house environment and adapt their skill set and knowledge to a new setting. Prior to the session students confidentially documented a single word to describe how they currently felt towards a community placement, this was then repeated following the simulation experience. Students then undertook a 6 week placement and re documented a word to explained their feeling towards community placements as well as completing an online questionnaire.

The most common words prior to the simulation session were scared, unsure, anxious and apprehensive. The most common words following the simulation were confident, excited, prepared and interested. Following placement students reported the need for greater and repeated exposure to simulation settings as well as service user engagement within sessions.

The study shows an initial promising indication of the benefit in providing simulated teaching sessions for the preparation for physiotherapy students’ clinical placements. Although the results are not quantifiable, they relate well to the subjective nature of self-perceived confidence and communicating current feelings to others.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)(In-press)
JournalBMJ Simulation and Technology Enhanced Learning
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 10 Mar 2020


  • simulation
  • house
  • Physiotherapy
  • Pedagogical

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