CSA (Clinical Skills Assessment)

  • This is an assessment of a doctor’s ability to integrate and apply clinical, professional, communication and practical skills appropriate for general practice.

    • It can only be sat in the ST3 year and happens in a specific test centre in Croydon. Check dates here.

    • It consists of 13 consultations with actor patients, each lasting 10 minutes.

    • Performance in three domains (Data gathering, Clinical management and Interpersonal skills) is graded Clear Pass (3pts), Marginal Pass (2pts), Marginal Fail (1pt) or Clear Fail (0pt) by assessors who observe the consultations

    • Again, it is expensive to sit, so you definitely want to pass first time.

    • Revision should include a focus on your consulting skills while working in practice in your ST3 years. Involve your trainer in this with observed surgeries and recorded consultations to hone your skills.

    • Small group role play with other trainees can also be very valuable and people tend to be interested in this. Often sessions happen on Tuesday mornings, so ask around to see if this is happening. 

    • Read what the RCGP have to say about the CSA here.

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