Academic journal article East Asian Archives of Psychiatry

Core Skills for the CASC

Academic journal article East Asian Archives of Psychiatry

Core Skills for the CASC

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Authors: James Woollard, Josie Jenkinson

RCPsych Publications

15.00 [pounds sterling]; pp80; ISBN: 978-1909726543

Clinical Assessment of Skills and Competencies (CASC) was implemented in 2008 as the final membership examination of the Royal College of Psychiatrists in the United Kingdom. Candidates are required to demonstrate their clinical skills in a variety of controlled clinical scenarios. Although what is tested is simply what should be carried out in day-to-day clinical practice, people are often nervous about the examination and try to seek resources that can guide them through the examination smoothly. The anxiety is, to a certain extent, understandable because people may have focused on book knowledge in their training without fully addressing the equal importance of use of voice, body language, and questioning technique and structure in communicating with patients. All these are important parameters in the examination.

The book "Core Skills for the CASC" is a useful resource for people who plan to sit the examination. The authors comprise a consultant psychiatrist and a higher specialist trainee, and so perspectives from both stages of the career are taken into account. They also developed the "Core Adaptive Skills for CASC" course that is currently run at the College.

The book is well-organised into 3 parts. The first part focuses on communication skills, time management, taking control and using a more structured approach. Candidates often find it difficult and stressful to demonstrate their skills and knowledge in a relatively short time allowed for each station (7-10 minutes) and under the close scrutiny of examiners. This part of the book addresses this concern and offers useful advice on how this area can be tackled. …

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