Courses for Postgraduate Doctors

Courses for Postgraduate Doctors

Getting in to GP training

Courses for Postgraduate Doctors

CSA deep dive

Courses for Postgraduate Doctors

Post CCT course

Getting in to GP training

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So you’ve decided to become a GP? Read on – this is the right place for you!

Our 1-day ‘Getting into GP training’ course will navigate you through the different stages to getting a place on to a GP training programme and help give you the best chance of getting your first choice place. Entry into GP training is highly competitive and every mark counts in ensuring that you get the place that you deserve.

Preparation is always the key to success and by attending our 1-day course you will be much better prepared for your route to getting on to GP training.

There are 3 steps in GP recruitment:

1: Longlisting: This involves the submission of your application and a check that you meet the eligibility criteria:

Full registration with the General Medical Council
2 years’ clinical experience after graduating from medical school
Evidence of competencies – all applicants to GP training need to have met the UK standard for Foundation competency

2 . Multi-Speciality Recruitment Assessment (MSRA) – this is a computer based assessment and comprises of 2 sections

i) Professional Dilemma Paper;
-50 situational judgement questions
ii) Clinical Problem Solving Paper
-97 clinical questions covering the clinical specialities

Do well at this stage (i.e. get a score in the top 10%) then you are exempt from the next stage – you will get a direct offer.

3 . Selection Centre: This involves;
i) Three simulated consultations/OSCE style assessment
ii) Written prioritisation exercise

Why Choose Us?

Our tutors are practicing GPs with extensive knowledge of GP life and training. One of our tutors served as an examiner for the final stage of the GP assessment centre and is uniquely qualified to help guide you on what the examiners are looking for, common pitfalls and how to maximise your marks.

WH Medical courses are unique at what we provide. Apart from state of the art lecture theatres, with adequate room for social distancing, we have access to several rooms and buildings across our campus. Breakout sessions are not noisy; you will not overhear other consultations in other groups around you.

We are also in a privileged position to be able to offer en-suite accommodation at subsidised rates for those who wish to stay. We have ample parking on site as well.

International medical graduate doctors can also feel especially confident about this course as our tutors also teach the WH Medical PLAB course, and are well versed in the pitfalls and common difficulties international doctors may potentially face, and we can offer specific support to help you get the best marks first time!

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Our 1 day course is priced at £149 and will take you through all of the 3 steps as highlighted above.

Schedule for the day

0900: Registration and welcome
0930-1230 Steps 1 and 2 : Longlisting, competencies required, SJT and clinical problem solving.
1230 – 1330 Lunch
1330 – 1500: Selection Centres – what to expect and how to approach consultations – maximising your marks. Practice scenarios will be included as well as analysis
1515 – 1645 Written prioritisation exercise: How to score well
1645-1715: Questions and feedback

CSA deep dive-two day course

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The clinical skills assessment is a three-hour exam undertaken by GPST trainee doctors in their ST3 year. This forms part of the entire GP training assessment and you are required to pass the CSA before you can receive your Certificate of Completion of Training (CCT).

The CSA is an OSCE style exam which tries to recreate a GP session with a variety of different consultations including clinical, ethical, communication and difficult consultations. The Royal College of GP’s define the exam as testing a Doctor’s ability to:

  • gather information
  • apply learned understanding of disease processes
  • practice person centred care
  • make evidence based decisions
  • communicate effectively with patients and colleagues

The aim of this exam is to test a doctor’s ability to apply their learned clinical knowledge to a clinical scenario and take a focused history or examination, make a diagnosis and come to a management plan with the patient. Communication is a key skill in this exam, as is the ability to use an evidence based approach to the management of disease.

Our CSA course is a two-day course which aims to help identify strategies that will help you pass this exam in your first attempt. The crux of our course is consultation practice in small groups which are facilitated by our course tutors and practicing GPs.

Why choose us?

WH Medical courses are unique at what we provide. Apart from state of the art lecture theatres, with adequate room for social distancing, we have access to several rooms and buildings across our campus. Breakout sessions are not noisy; you will not overhear other consultations in other groups around you.

We are also able to recreate a CSA exam with 13 simultaneously run stations. This is an extremely useful exercise, not only for you to practice scenarios, but to experience the little quirks with the exams including the initial wait, multiple buzzers and waiting between cases. Once you have experienced this, you will remove a lot of the fear and mystery associated with the CSA exam.

With this being a two-day course, we are also in a privileged position to be able to offer en-suite accommodation at subsidised rates for those who wish to stay. We have ample parking on site as well.

Both Haroon and Waheed are practicing GPs with extensive knowledge of the CSA exam. Both doctors passed their CSA on first attempt and have extensive teaching experience having taught medical students right through to post graduate Doctors. Our tutors will use multiple techniques to help you understand and develop a consulting technique that is right for you. Taught phrases and rigid structures don’t always help pass exams and they don’t tend to help in practicing medicine after you have completed your CCT. This course is called deep dive for this very reason. We help you evaluate and analyse the strengths and weakness in your consultation style. Once you have done this we will help you adapt your consultation to different kinds of consultations.

International medical graduate doctors can also feel especially confident about this course as Waheed and Haroon both also teach the WH Medical PLAB course, and are well versed in the pitfalls and common difficulties international doctors may potentially face, and we can offer specific support to help you pass first time!

Course content and structure

Our course will cover a wide range of consultations including;

  • Breaking bad news
  • Angry patient/relative
  • Clinical uncertainty
  • Patient with multiple problems
  • Telephone consultations
  • Ethically challenging situations
  • The demanding patient
  • Social issues
  • Safeguarding
  • Non-specific presentations

In our small group sessions, you will receive high quality individualised feedback from one of our tutors.

The majority of the day will be spent practicing and discussing cases, however, there will also be an emphasis on understanding the mind-set and thought process of the examiner. With a former GMC examiner on board our aim is for our candidates to look at a scenario and know what the crux of the consultation is and what they need to do to pass each station.

Our pre-course materials will help you get acquainted with the mark scheme and allow you to mark video consultations to get you into the mind-set of how an examiner thinks. These pre-course consultations will be discussed during the course.

Day two will be a simulated 13 station OSCE identical in format to the CSA. This course guarantees a maximum of 26 candidates per course. It also guarantees personalised feedback on at least 13 stations.

Our aim with this course is to help you present the best version of yourself on the day of your exam, but in the longer term, we also hope to have a positive impact on your day to day practice as GPs.

The cost for this fantastic course is £249. Accommodation, if required will be offered with parking at £40 per night.

Please feel free to contact us using our contact form here and we will aim to reply to you within 24 hours if not the same day, or feel free to call our booking office on 0203 951 89 88

Post CCT course

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Congratulations and well done! GP training is a hard slog and there are times when you can’t see the light at the end of the tunnel, but you’ve done it. You passed your CSA, your portfolio got signed off and have your CCT. What happens now?

As working GPs, we remember how once the initial euphoria of receiving the CCT had worn off, we were left feeling a little overwhelmed. Throughout GP training you have the safety net of your training program to fall back on. You have an educational and clinical supervisor who you can turn to for advice and support. Your next jobs are all lined up and you have a clear path in front of you.

General practice is an area of medicine where post CCT your options are myriad. To help prepare and guide you through the initial post CCT months and years, WH Medical have put together this one day “Life beyond CCT” course.

Why use us

This course is run by Waheed and Haroon. Both are currently working young GPs with a breadth of experience between them. We feel it is important for you to have a feel for the different paths both of our GPs took, so thought we’d give you a brief run down.

Haroon qualified in 2014 and went straight into locum work, initially at surgeries he knew from previous work but later joined up with an agency. He worked as a locum GP from Plymouth to Yorkshire for the next few years. He also continued with out of hours work across the West Midlands and continues to do so now. Once he had decided to settle into a salaried post he did so in Birmingham and completed his minor ops course to start diversifying his career. He remains in a part time salaried GP role with OOH, prison and tele-medicine roles to fill out the rest of his week.

Waheed is a GP Partner at one of the largest group practices in the West Midlands. He was also a GMC examiner and has extensive experience in practice management, recruitment and driving change in general practice. In addition, he also had a successful career in the financial world and can share his advice to those Doctors looking for careers outside of clinical practice.

With such varied backgrounds and experiences since qualification, we feel both our tutors have a lot of knowledge that you will find relevant but also interesting.

This one day course will give you an overview of how to develop contacts and look for work in general practice. We will look at the role of locum agencies in finding you work and we will also discuss some of the newer ways of booking shifts like Lantum. We will also help you identify pitfalls in dealing with locum agencies and how to identify agencies you should avoid.

Our course will also focus on contracts, expectations, responsibilities, opportunities, remuneration and much more on each of these GP roles:

  • Locum GP
  • Salaried GP
  • GP Partner
  • Out of hours GP
  • Prison based GP
  • Private GP including video consultation GP services
  • International GP work and relocating
  • Teaching and portfolio careers
  • Working as an aesthetics Doctor
  • Developing a special interest – becoming a GPwSI

We will also go through all of the common pitfalls and mistakes GPs make in their early years and how these can impact your career for years to come. Much of this may sound like common sense, but lots of doctors trip up on these issues which can cause problems down the line. Reputations can be hard to shake, be they good or bad. We will look at good and poor communication, man management skills, organisational skills and much more that can impact your life.

A key part of our course if life hacks. There are little things you can do, habits you can form and apps you can use to minimise your stress and life admin load. To look after others, we need to look after ourselves. Wellness, self-care and self-appreciation are all central topics on this course, and will be to your life as this a career which can easily lead to burnout.

If you are keen on the salaried and partnership routes, there will be advice on how to sift through the variety of jobs and find a surgery that you feel comfortable in. We will also go through practice accounts, explaining what they mean, how to read them and what information should alarm or reassure you.

There will also be a talk and advice from an accountancy firm on how to manage your finances. This will include pros and cons of the various roles above, key differences between limited companies and sole traders. There will be advice on how keep ahead of your tax bill, corporation tax, confirmation filings for Companies house among other things.

This will also be a chance to network with other newly qualified GPs and form new links within your professional community.

There is a good chance that you may have questions which have not been answered by our course organisers. There will be many opportunities for you to raise any questions and if you wish to have your enquiry dealt with privately, there will be access to the tutors via e-mail after the course.

Our aim with this course is to provide you with all the important information you need to step into the world of general practice the day after CCT with confidence, clarity and most importantly, a plan and path for yourself.