This page will contain links to useful resources to help with examination preparation.
Remember though; the best preparation is seeing patients and seeking feedback on your consultations!
Health Education England Northwest links to useful documents for trainees and trainers on preparing for the RCA exam:
See the RCGP website for up to date examination information: https://www.rcgp.org.uk/training-exams/mrcgp-exam-overview.aspx
Can I apply for study leave for private study days prior to an exam?
[HEE NW] does not encourage the taking of private study leave for any reason. This includes exam preparation, as the best preparation for both AKT and CSA is consulting and reflecting on casework.
The AKT and CSA are both mandatory exams and attendance should be allowed without having to use any of your study leave days.
If I am taking one of the mandatory exams (as stated above), does this count as one of my study leave days?
No this will be regarded as professional leave and will not be recorded as a study leave day and or be deducted from your annual allowance (30 days per year). However, if you are taking a non-mandatory exam then this will need to be approved by your Educational Supervisor/TPD and will be recorded as a study leave day.
HEE NW study leave guidance: https://www.nwpgmd.nhs.uk/gpst-study-leave
Applied Knowledge Test (AKT)
Recorded Consultation Assessment (RCA)
Clinical Skills Assessment (CSA)
The CSA is currently suspended due to the 2020 SARS-CoV-2 pandemic affecting working conditions.