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Preparation for contact training in disciplines including Medicine and Social Work involve various forms of simulation training to help students equip themselves for 'real' world experiences following graduation. Where clinical skill and technical competence are taught to high standards, the complexities of interpersonal interaction are referred to in cliched terms as ‘soft skills', 'bedside manner' and 'non-technical skills' and are often under-valued and poorly understood in terms of formal education and training. The aim of this symposium is to understand how education and training in health and social care can be enhanced by integrating techniques more commonly associated with theatre and performance. Key issues such as empathy, body language, interaction with patients and carers and the broad array of skills known as 'human factors' will be addressed. Academics, educators and clinical professionals at Queen’s University and hospitals across Belfast will share their research and front-line experiences with fellow professionals, patients and carers in the Belfast area. The shared focus is on how to equip health and social care professionals with the necessary skills to help them care under pressure in sectors that are increasingly pressurized and underfunded.