Professional Role Players are the largest suppliers of role players for medical examinations across the United Kingdom.

We provide role players for a variety of medical assessments such as Formative OSCEs, Summative OSCEs and high stakes examinations. Our specialised medical role play team have attended our PRP+ Standardisation Programme. Standardisation refers to the consistency and accuracy of each role player’s performance over time and between learners. Standardisation can apply to an individual role player’s performance or the performance of several role players doing the same role at several sites. This is a vital element for the success of any examination.

Our role players are able to portray:

  • Patients (including roles related to portrayal of diverse characteristics such as sexual orientation, socio-economic status, culture, religion, ethnicity, ages 6-80)
  • Hybrid simulations/patient focused simulations.
  • Family members, friends, neighbours, health professionals, other members of the health care team, community advocates, etc.
  • Translators (speaking more than one language, from a distinct culture).
  • Learning-disabilities.

A few examples of clients that we supply standardised role players for:


  • Clinical Examinations- University of Exeter
  • Phase 5 Formative OSCEs- Medway NHS Foundation Trust
  • Year 4 & 5 Formative OSCEs- Lewisham & Greenwich NHS Trust
  • Year 4 & 5 MBChB OSCEs - Birmingham & Solihull Medical School
  • Year 1 & 2 Formative OSCEs MSc Physician Associate- Brunel University
  • OSCEs- Royal Derby Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
  • BDS Dental Exam- King’s College London


  • CASC Examinations- Royal College of Psychiatrists
  • Fitness to Practice Performance Assessments- General Medical Council
  • MRCPCH Clinical Exams- Royal College of Paediatrics & Child Health
  • MRCEMs & FRCEMs- Royal College of Emergency Medicine
  • Part 3 MRCOG Exam- Royal College of Obstetrics & Gynaecologist
  • Part 2 MFSRH Exam- Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare
  • Certification component 2- OSCE – Royal College of Physicians (Faculty of Physicians Associates)

View some of our case studies

Case Studies


Your role players created well balanced, realistic and responsive characters from their briefs, helping make the exam credible and challenging for the students.

Ian Noonan, Head of Undergraduate Mental Health Nursing, King's College London

The service we have received from PRP has always been of the highest standard and we shall be happy to continue to use your services in the future.

Dr Sylvia Awbery, Chief Examiner, Faculty of Occupational Medicine

Having used PRP for a number of years, I have always found them professional, punctual, and that they have conducted themselves with maturity.

Robert Cole, Florence Nightingale School of Nursing & Midwifery, KCL

The service is always impeccable and the quality of the role players they use is excellent.

Amanda Barber, Senior Business Manager, Health Education England

On behalf of all the OSCE team, I would like to say thank you for the standard and professionalism of the role players- they were easy to work with and did a great job.

James Holland, Clinical Assessment Software Developer and Data Analyst, KCL

The role players you provided for my mock exam were completely believable, and listening to them play their parts made me laugh, cry and get quite scared of them. They really are excellent.

Susan Halliwell-Bass, Division Manager, Royal College of Psychiatrists

Your role players are brilliant!

John D. Carrion, Examinations Project Development Manager, Royal College of Psychiatrists

The actors PRP supply are professional and well prepared in their roles. They can also give us useful feedback of how it feels to be having an assessment.

Margaret Hodgetts, Trainer, Atos

PRP have reliably provided us with well-briefed and capable simulated patients for teaching and assessment of undergraduate medical students. The PRP office team are quick to respond to queries, take time to listen to requirements and are proactive in seeking clarification of any areas of uncertainty.

Sarah Bradley, Senior Clinical Skills Tutor, University of Exeter Medical School

I have always been impressed with the professionalism and skill of the role players provided by PRP in both formative and summarise assessments as well as in simulation based learning scenarios. The role players have always arrived in good time to review the scenarios. The role players are always very keen to reflect with trainers/educators so to ensure the characters are portrayed in a way that achieves training objectives/goals. The role players willingly participate in post-scenario debriefing sessions providing useful/empathic insights into subtle communication skills.

Dr Geoff Lawrence-Smith, Joint Director of Medical Education, Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust