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Active Image Roleplay - medical education company - specialists in psychiatric roleplay
"I cannot speak highly enough of the service you provide for us. I genuinely couldn't fault a thing about your role players. 
You and Active Image Roleplay have transformed our teaching for Year 2. Your super company is the talk of the campus." 
Bernadette John
Senior Tutor, Year 1 and 2 Lead
at GKT School of Medical Education


Trainers' comments:

"We thought the actors were fantastic. They really got into the role so much so that the staff forgot they were actors and the consultant thought he was doing a real ward round (almost!) I think they would all make very good mental health professionals! Please pass on our thanks and let them know that they have made a major contribution to patient safety. Thank you also for your co-ordination of all of this." 

Debbie Garlick

Head of Nursing Psychological Medicine

‘We've worked with Active Image Roleplay since our startup and the service provided by the company has been first class. All actors provided have engaged very well with our vision and in doing so, helped deliver mental health simulation to clinicians and non-clinicians nationally and beyond.’

Dr Sean Cross,

Director, Maudsley Simulation


"Active Image Roleplay has been instrumental in developing the IMPARTS course teaching mental health skills to non-mental health professionals. During the past 4 years, the roleplays with actors were rated by our students as the most valuable part of the course. The high value of working with Active Image Roleplay actors is related to their high levels of skill and experience portraying patients with a particular mental health problem but also feeding back to the student participating in the roleplay about emotions and thoughts experienced. In our experience, this has been a very powerful method to allow students to gain a better insight into the patients’ emotions and difficult thoughts occurring in context of their treatment for various medical conditions. Active Image Roleplay has also proved highly professional and organised but also very friendly and flexible  when coordinating the course involving up to 15 facilitators from different backgrounds."

 Dr Roman Duncko, PhD

Academic Clinical Lecturer, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, Kings College London

“Thank you for your input into the training. The feedback was tremendous!!!   Top marks from everyone! We definitely want to include this in future Initial Training Courses.”



"I wanted to let you know that Peter was absolutely fantastic in our session last week. We are having such a brilliant experience working with the actors and the students just loved it (after some initial terror at the idea of roleplay!) "

Dr Annabel Price


"I really enjoyed the day yesterday- it is always valuable for the students to practice their history taking in a 'safe environment'. Overall I think the day went very well, including the role player(I had the lady who was pregnant with visual impairment). I thought she was particularly good at giving constructive feedback in a professional manner."

Seminar leader 


“David Stedman made the different types of depression “Live” and so this made a huge difference to their understanding.”


“What can we say? This has been the key presentation on day 1 as we can then keep referring back to the patient types he has been acting.”


"Today, one of my seminar leaders was being observed as part of her professional development by my colleague - he is not easy to impress. All he could talk to me about, during the feedback, was how stunningly good the role players are." 

Senior Tutor

GKT School of Medical Education


“The scenes you portrayed with the doctor had an immense impact on the audience, as it provided a real life insight into what OCD/PTSD looks like and more importantly, how it feels to the patient.”


"Working with Active Image Roleplay actors has consistently been a smooth experience. How they grasp patients’ experience and portray it in a life-like manner is regularly praised by clinicians attending our trainings."

Dr Grégoire Billon

Clinical Education Fellow and Faculty Member

at Maudsley Simulation

“I thought that the session was extremely effective and judging by the feedback forms, so did the delegates.”


"Active Image Roleplay have always been very efficient,  working with us closely to deliver an outstanding roleplay service."

 James Pathan

Service Delivery Lead

Maudsley Simulation

Delegates' comments:

“David Stedman gave me a real insight into how patients present.”


“This course has given me a good understanding, which I am sure will deepen with experience. I feel I can talk about these conditions with a good level of confidence. Helped very much by the actor.”


“The role-play for PTSD was superb.”

“Fantastic! It really brought the written descriptions to light.”


“Excellent and very entertaining!”


“Makes the information stick in your mind.”


“I just wanted to say that I got an awful lot out of your course and thanks to both of you for an astonishing amount of work and information - and fun.  It was lovely to meet you both and also all the other actors, and absolutely fascinating to find out more about all the conditions. I very much look forward to putting it into practice.”

“I thought the course was brilliant! I learnt so much. It was a real eye-opener. Active Image Roleplay do an amazing and very helpful job!”

"I took the two day Portraying Mental Health for Actors course led by Active Image Roleplay and Maudsley Simulation and was bowled over by the privilege of learning from top flight consultants, nursing staff and patient educators. The level of detail in the course and supporting references for further study, in the shape of books and films was inspiring. A 10 minute exercise called the Psychosis Experience provided a brilliant insight into that condition. Throughout the course, David was very keen to support the actors with tools to help 'decompress' after long days playing different mental health conditions. A great two days of learning which I have already put to use in subsequent simulated patient roles."

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