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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 


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 six CPD hours per day, subject to peer group approval
Audience This course is for overseas candidates of the MRCPsych examination or anyone interested in the clinical skills tested in the CASC examination
Fee £950
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Please read our cancellation policy before making your booking.


Download the provisional programme. Please note this may be subject to change.



Holiday Inn Singapore Orchard City Centre
11 Cavenagh Road

Aims & Learning Objectives

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


Course Information

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:

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

Skills Development

  • 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



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Places for this course are very limited.


This course will not take place unless all spaces are filled.

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