The ST3-A Teaching Schedule is as follows:
In the first few weeks of the day release programme, we run two concurrent courses depending on what stage of ST3 you are in. For those new to ST3, you should attend the RCA course sessions. Those who are already ST3 should attend the Advanced Consultation SKills Course. Both courses occur twice a year so all ST3s will get to experience the sessions.
Sessions in white are not scheduled teaching sessions and you should arrange your own educational activity for these times, in line with your individual job plan.
Please be aware that sessions may need to change at short notice due to presenter and room availability – we will inform trainees by email if this is the case.
Please attend sessions ready to start at the advertised time in line with our attendance policy. Repeated late attendance will be be flagged as a cause for concern.
Each session is mapped to the Areas of Capability (AoC) in the RCGP Curriculum (see the AoC column for details) to help guide your reflective portfolio entries. We strongly recommend making a portfolio log for each session you attend.
New to ST3 this year is “Breakfast Club”! Both national surveys and our own trainees tell us that having the opportunity to meet and bond with other ST3s is a vital part of their training and wellbeing. We will now start each morning session at the slightly earlier time of 9am with a general discussion topic accompanied by hot drinks and breakfast snacks.
We’ll explain further at our first session.
|New Starters||Existing ST3|
|10 Aug||–||RCA Prep (unsupervised)||SR2||–||3 4 5 6 7|
|17 Aug||–||RCA Prep (unsupervised)||SR2||–||3 4 5 6 7|
|24 Aug||Welcome, Introductions||(Speed Meeting), |
Group Rules (timeliness, RCA, Absence)
|SR2||All About You||SR2||1 9 12|
|31 Aug||RCA Prep||(unsupervised)||SR2||SR2||3 4 5 6 7|
|7 Sept||Rivington Walk: All about you||(KR/SP)||P||BOLTON ICS Teaching: Mental Health||1 3 4 7 9 10 12 13|
|14 Sept||Consultation Models (KR/SP)||RCA Prep (unsupervised)||SR1/SR2||SR2||3 4 5 6 7|
RCA Submission Deadline 1300 Wednesday 21st September
|New Starters||Existing ST3|
|21 Sept||RCA Prep 1: How to Approach the RCA (Dr Ian Hamer, RCGP Examiner & KR)||ACS1: Positive Case Reviews – what went well (SP)||LT/SR1/SR2||Trainee interviews||SR2||1 3 4 8 10|
|28 Sept||RCA Prep 2: Focussed Examination (KR)||ACS2: Accepting Imperfection (SP)||SR1/SR2||Prescribing Effectively (Jole Hannan & SP)||SR2||3 4 5 6 8 11 13|
|5 Oct||RCA Prep 3: Patient-Centred Management (KR/SP)||PDP/Leadership/ Prescribing Time||SR1/SR2/ DR1/DR2||BOLTON ICS Teaching: End of Life||2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 12 13|
|12 Oct||Beyond Labels – Understanding Patient Behaviour||Sally Heady (SP)||SR1||RCA Prep 4: Examiner – Critique & Benchmarking (SP)||SR2||2 3 8 10|
|19 Oct||PDP/Leadership/ Prescribing Time||RCA Prep (unsupervised)||DR1||ACS3: Patient-Centred and Doctor Efficient Consultations (SP)||SR2||3 4 7 8 10|
AKT 26th October
|26 Oct||Study Day||SR1/SR2||Study Day||SR2|
|2 Nov||RCA Prep 5/ACS4: Consultations with Actors (KR & SP)||SR1/SR2/DR1||BOLTON ICS Teaching: Paediatrics||SR2||3 4 6 7 8 10 12 13|
|9 Nov||Great Explanations (KR & SP)||SR1/SR2||–||3 4|
RCA Submission Deadline 1300 Wednesday 16th November
|16 Nov||Wellbeing Day (KR & SP)||SR1/SR2/ DR1||Wellbeing Day||SR2||1 9 10 12|
|23 Nov||PRIME 1 (University of Manchester)||SR1 / DR1||–||SR2||9 10 12|
|30 Nov||PRIME 2 (University of Manchester)||SR1 / DR1||–||SR2||9 10 12|
|7 Dec||Teamwork & Belbin Roles (SP & KR)||SR1/SR2/ DR1/DR2||BOLTON ICS Teaching: Urology||–||1 4 9 10 11 12 13|
|14 Dec||BLS/AED (SP/KR)||SR1/SR2||Xmas Lunch||SR2||4 5 7 9 10|
|11 Jan||Practical Ethics (SP)||SR1/DR1||–||–||1 2 8 10 12|
|18 Jan||Adult Safeguarding Sarah Kiely (SP)||SR1||Non direct patient facing GP work (SP)||SR2||2 8 9 11 12 13|
RCA Submission Deadline 1300 Tuesday 24th January
AKT Wednesday 25th January
|25 Jan||Child Safeguarding (Charlotte & Gabi) (SP/KR)||SR1||Career Options Partner and Salaried roles (SP & KR)||2 8 9 11 12 13|
|1 Feb||ST3B Begins||BOLTON ICS Teaching: Gastroenterology|
Areas of Capability
- Fitness to practise – the doctor’s awareness of when his/her own performance, conduct or health, or that of others, might put patients at risk, and taking action to protect patients
- Maintaining an ethical approach – practising ethically, with integrity and a respect for diversity
- Communication and consultation skills – communication with patients, and the use of recognised consultation techniques
- Data gathering and interpretation – for clinical judgement, choice of physical examination and investigations and their interpretation
- Clinical examination and procedural skills – competent physical examination of the patient with accurate interpretation of physical signs and the safe practice of procedural skills
- Making a diagnosis / decisions – a conscious, structured approach to decision making
- Clinical management – recognition and management of common medical conditions in primary care
- Managing medical complexity – aspects of care beyond managing straightforward problems, including management of co-morbidity, uncertainty, risk and focusing on health rather than just illness
- Working with colleagues and in teams – working effectively with other professionals to ensure good patient care, including sharing information with colleagues
- Maintaining performance, learning and teaching – maintaining performance and effective CPD for oneself and others
- Organisation, management and leadership – an understanding of the use of computer systems to augment the GP consultation and primary care at individual and systems levels, the management of change, and the development of organisational and clinical leadership skills
- Practising holistically, promoting health and safeguarding – operating in physical, psychological, socioeconomic and cultural dimensions, taking into account feelings as well as thoughts
- Community orientation – management of the health and social care of the practice population and local community
Page last reviewed: 27 July, 2022