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The Royal College of Psychiatrists Improving the lives of people with mental illness


Clinical Assessment of Skills & Competencies (CASC) of MRCPsych Examination - a course for overseas candidates 

Friday 11 - Saturday 12 May 2018

Holiday Inn, Singapore


Date Friday 11 - Saturday 12 May 2018

8.30am - 5.30pm

Type Workshops, discussion groups & mock stations with CASC actors
Venue Holiday Inn Singapore Orchard City Centre
CPD Maximum of 6 CPD hours per day, subject to peer group approval.
Audience This course is for overseas candidates of the MRCPsych examination or people interested in the clinical skills tested in the CASC examination
Fee £950
Book online:

                                Please register you interest here

Please read our cancellation policy before making your booking.


Please click here to download a pdf of the provisional programme. Please note this may be subject to change.



Holiday Inn Singapore Orchard City Centre.
11 Cavenagh Road

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Aims & Learning Objectives

The aim of the course is to introduce overseas applicants and others to all aspects of the CASC examination.

At the end of the course applicants will:

  • Appreciate the UK training and professional context of the examination
  • Understand the format and construction of the examination
  • Be aware of criteria used to assess examinee performance
  • Be able to follow principles used to develop examination stations
  • Develop skills useful for the examination, including the identification of common errors


Course Information

The examination is set in a context of psychiatric training and professional practice as applied in the UK. It is important that overseas candidates understand the UK context and the role of the psychiatrist when assessing patients in the CASC. The course will cover principles of care, including patient rights, the values behind legislation underpinning the mental health act, patient involvement in services, the importance of collaborative decision making, and patient autonomy.

The exam tests candidates’ skills and applied knowledge in: consultation management; clinical assessment and management – including for risk; and effective communication. Each CASC station may focus on more than one area of skill and /or applied knowledge. The course will focus on the criteria for assessment identified as being central to the examination. These can be found here .

The course will involve didactic teaching, experiential learning, and small group work. Video illustration and role play demonstration will be used.


Knowledge development

  • Principles of care in the NHS and Mental Health Services
  • Principles of Mental Health and Capacity Legislation
  • The patient as a person and the psychiatrist as a professional

Developing skills

Communication skills for the CASC – active listening skills, effective and focused questioning, empathic use of language tailored to context and problem

Analysing a CASC station – understanding the construct, reading instructions to facilitate focus on the task, identifying the core components of the station, understanding examiner criteria for assessment – professional attitude and behaviour, consultation management, communication skills, clinical assessment skills, clinical management skills

Writing a CASC station – exercise to increase understanding of CASC components and how to recognise the core elements of a construct, identifying minimum requirements for pass

Marking a CASC station – video of candidate performing a station

Performing in a CASC station - role play analysis



Prof Anthony W Bateman MA, FRCPsych is Consultant Psychiatrist and Psychotherapist and MBT co-ordinator, Anna Freud Centre, London & former Chief Examiner at the Royal College of Psychiatrists

Dr Anne Bird, Consultant Psychiatrist, Community Mental Health Team, Camden & Islington Foundation Trust, London & former senior CASC Examiner at the Royal College of Psychiatrists



Booking is not yet open. Please email to register your interest.


This is an intensive training course and as such places are very limited.

Due to the nature of the course we cannot go ahead unless all spaces are filled.


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