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CSA scenarios for CSA work groups - written by our GPSTs



Working in CSA groups greatly enhances your chances of passing the CSA first time - so don't delay, start today!


Tools to help write the scenarios


Clinical Skills Assessment performance criteria  (click) - a simple tick list to help Trainers and GPSTs assess their performance in mock CSAs.



CSA scenario template (click) 



CSA scoring sheet for observers (click)



Flanagan's CSA consultation model (click)



Phrases to help explore ICE (click)



Why not have a look at our  YouTube clips of 'Common medical conditions explained' (click)


or a YouTube clip about CSA myths and tips  or CSA consultation skills - tips and pitfalls to avoid (click), managing the 1st five minutes (click) and managing the 2nd five minutes (click) or

Examiner Feedback on CSA consultation skills


or The key points from the recent (2013) RCGP CSA course (click)


or try CSA Top Tips from the excellent Bradford VTS scheme (click)


or try Clinical Skills Assessment - Tips (click) from our highest scoring GPST in 2013!


Why not come to our two day CSA preparation course? (click)


And when you pass the CSA have a look at our job adverts (click)



CSA case scenarios (Being updated by Easter 2015)


LBP & Sicknote request  Updated Jan 2015


Tennis elbow Updated Jan 2015


Stressed GP Updated Jan 2015


Bowel screening Updated Jan 2015


Adult polycystic kidney disease  Updated Jan 2015


A patient requests 'Wundercin' - a case where the GP knows nothing about the drug (Updated Jan 2015)


Diabetes Updated Jan 2015


AAA screening Updated Jan 2015


Recurrent gout Updated Jan 2015


Men's health - 1 (These three scenarios relate to the same patient) Updated Jan 2015


Men's health - 2 Updated Jan 2015


Men's health P3 Updated Jan 2015


BBN - breast cancer Updated Jan 2015


Alcohol Updated Jan 2015


Snoring Updated Jan 2015


PMS Updated Jan 2015


Osteoporosis Updated Jan 2015


Headache & stress Updated Jan 2015


BBN (CXR) Updated Feb 2015


BBN (HIV) Updated Feb 2015


Tele consult - morning after pill Updated Feb 2015


Home visit - symptom control Updated Feb 2015


A complaint Updated Feb 2015


CF pre-conceptual counselling Updated Feb 2015


Pill start Updated March 2015


Urinary incontinence Updated March 2015


GP with drug problems Updated March 2015


Antenatal screening for Down's syndrome Updated April 2015


Patient wanting information about Down Under Syndrome - case relating to how a GP deals with a condition they nothing about - Updated April 2015




Eating disorder






Gestational diabetes




Painful testicular lump




Autonomy/mental capacity


Childhood UTI





Febrile convulsion


Domestic violence


Another headache




Cx smear result with HPV


Diabetes rx uptitration






Agenda setting and dysphagia


New onset AF


Gestational diabetes


Familial Hyperlipidaemia








A request for antibiotics


Asthma (annual review)








Memory Loss & driving








Raised cholesterol


Immunisation & explanation


Breast lump


Alcohol and a raised ALT






Home visit


Alcohol and admission


Palliative Care


Vasectomy request


A telephone consultation


Heart failure


Testicular pain


Home visit for completion of a DNR form


Pill start




Diverticular disease




Obesity/IHD anxiety


Constipation in childhood






Lump in mouth


Knee pain


Drug and Alcohol CSA scenarios from one of our PBL sessions


Teenager asking for cocp




Headache - another case








IHD anxiety




Dealing with multiple problems


HT, non compliance and lifestyle issues


The CXR result


A depressed doctor


The morning after pill




Tired All The Time


Infertility & PCOS




Ethics - paternity test


Click here for more scenarios (click) of if you fancy some humour try this (click)



Pennine's new two day CSA preparation course (click)


Courses from the team at Pennine - Dates for your diary

CSA 2 day courses are held in January, February, September and October

Emergencies in General Practice course is held in March and June

Managing common gynaecological conditions is held in July

Contraception and HRT is held in September

Palliative Care - a pragmatic approach (TBA)


HDR News

Venue: CRH Learning Centre


Date: 5/5/15 meet at 1:30 pm and HDR starts promptly at 2pm


Topic: PBL 2 - Problems in the Practice


Preparation: None


News & Updates


THE NEWS PAGE (click) - Keep up to date with what is happening, as it happens, whether it’s changes to the e-portfolio, MRCGP assessments or our website.


HDR HANDOUTS (click) - Missed HDR? You can now catch up by reading the handouts.


COURSES (click) - Have a look at the wide range of courses on offer for GPSTs throughout the UK.


Next Trainers' Workshop


Venue:  TBA


Date & Time:  May 14th 2015 Appraisal Food at 13:30, starts 14:00 and finishes 16:30


Future dates:  May 14th (annual appraisal) , July 15th (re-approval & a game of two halves). Sept 24th



Topic: Annual appraisal


Preparation: The appraisal form (click)


Next Trainers' Away Day


Venue: TBA


Date & Time: 18 Nov 2015


Topics:  TBA


Preparation: TBA



Educational Supervision Deadlines


The next deadline is  31/5/15 (Summative review for  ST1,2 & 3s).


See our Educational Review guidance (click) which explains the different types of reviews.

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