The course starts in September each year and commences with a two day induction module. The induction module provides an introduction to the course and aims to help Trainees get to know each other and the Training Programme Directors (TPDs).
The Course is held at the Postgraduate Medical Centre in the Royal United Hospital Bath. Timings are from 09:00 (prompt) to 12.30. Attendance is mandatory and Trainees need to attain a minimum 70% attendance record to complete the year.
By the completion of the year, most of the important topics necessary for general practice will have been covered, while others will have been taught by the Trainees own Educational Supervisor.
The Course Format
The format of the course is a mixture of small group work and workshop sessions. Trainees are expected to contribute by presenting analyses of Clinical Cases, Guidelines and a CSA-based video consultation.
Expert resources are recruited from local GP Trainers, hospital consultants and other professionals, including managers and accountants.
Group work helps solve problems encountered by the GP Trainees in their surgeries, as well as tackling clinical subjects from a GP's perspective.
Self-assessment and study of the skills of communication in General Practice are encouraged, with the help of videotaping and then analysing clinical consultations.
The Course provides an Introduction to:
• The consultation
• The doctor/patient relationship
• The Primary Health Care Team
• Practice management & organisation
• Psychological and social medicine
• Clinical aspects of practice
• The organisation of the NHS
The content of the Course is derived from the intended learning outcome of the GP Curriculum and provides a basis for working towards success in the RCGP CSA examination.