CSA Preparation Courses
We provide CSA practice and familiarisation courses for all GP trainees based in the East Midlands. The courses always receive very positive feedback from trainees, assessors and simulators. Based on comments from trainees and assessors and following discussion with senior CSA examiners at the College we will make a few changes to the format for 2013/14. I have summarised below.
Part one of the course – the consultations:
- Cases written by CSA assessors and unique to the course. All new cases again for 2013/14.
- We will continue to use the same team of simulators because they are expert simulators but more importantly are expert CSA-style simulators. This is a vital component to ensure a high standard as well as consistency of approach.
- For 2013/14 we plan to use only CSA examiners.
- 10 minute cases.
- You will leave on the day with a DVD of your consultations. You should review the DVD with your trainer.
- There will still be 3 consultations as a ‘consultor’ and 3 as an observer. There is a great deal of value in not just observing peers consulting but in participating in the feedback and post-consultation discussion, We have extended this part of the process from 5 to 10 minutes.
- The numbers on each course will stay at 24 per Saturday.
- If the CSA examiners think that you are consulting at a level which means that they consider there is a risk of you not passing the CSA we will summarise their views and share that with your trainer. We would then expect that an educational plan be developed by you, your trainer and your programme director which identifies the areas for development as well as describes what extra support you will be provided with.
Part 2 of the course – the discussion/presentation. This will build on what was offered at ST2.
- The presentation on the practicalities of the exam
- Pictures of the Centre and the rooms
- The iPad
- Marking and approaches to maximising marks
- What sort of cases to expect
- Feedback statements – a very detailed look at each and the behaviours associated with each
- How to prepare
- Non-verbal communication
- Cultural influences on the consultation and effective communication
- How cases are devised/written
- Tips for success – beyond what to wear! This part looks at some very specific tips which are practical as well as broken down to between the 3 domains of assessment
1. 31 August 2013
2. 14 September 2013
3. 28 September 2013
4. 19 October 2013
5. 2 November 2013
Pinfold Medical Practice, Pinfold Gate, Loughborough,Leicestershire,LE11 1DQ ( subject to change)
When should you attend the course?
That should be early on in your ST3 year so that any learning from the day be practiced and embedded. You should not see the course as something that you do the week before you sit the CSA. It is specific CSA practice and insights and not the magic answer to passing.
Other CSA courses
There is no value in you attending any other CSA courses other than perhaps the RCGP course. No other CSA courses will be supported in terms of the funding being available from your study leave budget. Certainly not any courses where the consultations are supervised by non-examiners.
Booking onto the course
Please click go to: https://www.eastmidlandsdeanery.nhs.uk/courses_events to book your place online.
- We may need to change your date but you will always be contacted and ample notice given
- We have opened the first 5 dates for now – when more become available we will write again
- There is a £25 charge for the day, cheques should be made payable to ‘Health Education England’. To secure your place please send to Janet Burns, East Midlands LETB, 1 Mere Way, Ruddington Fields Business Park, Ruddington, Nottinghamshire, NG11 6JS
- Please note that this charge is non-refundable if less than 48 hours is given for cancellation.
- To cancel your booking or for further enquiries please email email@example.com or ring Janet Burns on 0115 823 3499