GP trainees to submit video assessments

GP trainees will be asked to submit recorded consultations to complete their qualification after normal exams were disrupted by coronavirus.

The Royal College of GPs will ask them to submit 13 video or audio recordings in place of the usual clinical skills assessment (CSA), which would have required travel to London.

The alternative assessment is a temporary measure that the College said would “meet the standards of the CSA component” of their MRCGP membership exam. The solution is aimed at trainees in their final year of specialty training who were due to complete training in the summer.

Consultations can be recorded on the candidates’ own devices and can be remote or face-to-face. Those in the first wave of the new assessment will also be given five instead of four attempts to their CSA test in recognition of the disruption caused by the pandemic.

There are already plans in place to safely allow resumption of other key elements of the MRCGP: the applied knowledge test (AKT) and the workplace based assessment (WPBA).

The RCGP said: “We believe that this temporary alternative to the CSA will enable trainees to have the opportunity to demonstrate their competence.

“This will be required to be at the same standard as covered by the CSA in order to gain MRCGP and thereby the certificate of completion of training (CCT).”

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