Clinical Assessment of Skills & Competencies (CASC) MRCPsych Examination - A Course for Overseas Candidates


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Location Holiday Inn, 11 Cavenagh Rd, Orchard City Centre, Singapore, Asia, 229616
CPD Maximum of 6 CPD hours per day subject to peer group approval
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Clinical Assessment of Skills & Competencies (CASC)  MRCPsych Examination - A Course for Overseas Candidates

Event Information

This course is for overseas candidates sitting the MRCPsych examination.

The course will include workshops, discussion groups and mock stations with CASC actors.

About the CASC exam

The exam is set in a context of UK psychiatric training and professional practice, therefore it is important that you understand the UK context and the role of the psychiatrist when assessing patients.

You 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 will test your skills and applied knowledge in:

  • Consultation management
  • Clinical assessment and management – including for risk
  • Effective communication.

Each CASC station may focus on more than one area of skill and /or applied knowledge. The course will focus on the examination assessment criteria.

Using a variety of teaching methods including small group work, video illustration and role play, you will cover the following areas:

Developing your knowledge

  • 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 your skills

  • Communication: active listening, 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: 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

This course will introduce you to all aspects of the CASC examination.

At the end of the course you 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

Download the programme (pdf). Please note this may be subject to change.

For further information, please contact:


Contact Name: Karla Pryce

Contact number: 020 3701 2607

Event Location

Location: Holiday Inn, 11 Cavenagh Rd, Orchard City Centre, Singapore, 229616