New DVD improves GP consulting skills for the CSA exam has launched a new educational DVD with Dr Peter Tate that focuses on interpersonal skills for consultations in the CSA exam.

Effective Consulting 2 – Interpersonal Skills for the CSA is the second DVD in the popular educational series, following on from the success of The Five Key Tasks.

Dr Tate utilises his decades of work on the MRCGP exam to relate key consulting techniques to the needs of the CSA. The lessons learned should enhance any doctor’s communication skills, while also helping GP registrars to succeed in the exam.

The DVD focuses on four simulated patients and how two young doctors deal with each challenging case, including identifying depression, breaking bad news, and tackling ethical dilemmas involving other doctors as their patients.

Communications expert Dr Tate has written the scripts to reflect the realities of modern consulting. After presenting each consultation video he uses clips to review the successes and failures of the GPs, providing learning points and topics for further discussion.

There is also a 12-page booklet to accompany the DVD, with further analysis of the issues raised in the consultations, and role-play briefs to enable registrars to act out the scenarios.

The Effective Consulting series is ideal for GPs at any stage of their careers seeking to enhance their consulting skills for training, CPD or revalidation purposes, and is worth a suggested two CPD credits. The format is also highly suitable for group learning.

Dr Peter Tate was an MRCGP examiner from 1981 and responsible for the introduction of the video consultation module in 1996. He was convenor of the panel of examiners from 2002 to 2006. He is the author of The Doctor’s Communication Handbook, now in its sixth edition, and co-author of The Consultation and The New Consultation, published by Oxford University Press.

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