Road to CCT
MRCGP is an assessment system that has three components: Workplace based assessments (WPBAs), the Applied Knowledge Test (AKT) and the Clinical Skills Assessment (CSA).* Satisfactory completion of each component is a requirement for trainees to be issued with a certificate of completion of training (CCT) and to gain full membership to the RCGP.
This page contains a variety of useful resources including summaries of hot clinical topics that have come up frequently in past exams. Whilst we cannot promote particular question banks, we have included advice from trainees who have previously sat the exams.
Have a resource that you found useful that is not on here? Email firstname.lastname@example.org
*Please note, the Recorded Consultation Assessment (RCA) has been offered in place of the CSA since May 2020 and currently remains in place.
What is the AKT?
The AKT is a summative assessment designed to test the application of knowledge and interpretation of information. It is mapped to the latest RCGP Curriculum and each question is intended to explore a topic of which an ordinary GP could be expected to have a working knowledge. It consists of 3 domains – Clinical Knowledge (80%), Evidence-based practice (10%) and Organisation and Management (10%). All questions address important issues relating to UK general practice and will focus mainly on higher order problem solving rather than just the simple recall of basic facts. Put together below is a list of useful resources with information on how to prepare for the exam, useful links and revision aids.
Organisation and Management:
- Drug Monitoring in Adults in Primary Care Oct 2017
- Drug monitoring
- Emergency Drugs
- Development milestones MRCPCH
- Childhood Syndromes
- Paediatric Traffic Light System
- Immunisation Schedule
- School Exclusion Criteria
- FSRH UKMEC Summary
- BASSH STI’s in Primary Care
- Antenatal and Newborn Tests
- National Screening Programme
- Antenatal Schedule
RCGP Sample Questions:
- RCGP Website
- NICE CKS (Clinical Knowledge Summaries)
- RCGP Learning – Has essential knowledge updates and also GP self test, free for AiT’s
- NICE Guidelines
- BMA’s Guidance for GP Practices – Lots of useful information that is tested in the admin section
- GMC – Good Medical Practice
- DermNet NZ
- Medical statistics made easy by Prof Michael Harris
- Oxford handbook of General Practice
- BNF (1st 35 pages)
- RCGP EKU podcast
- InnovAiT magazine
- GP Selftest – Most similar to the real exam, free for Ait
- Passmedicine – 4155 questions, £30 for 4 months, £40 for 6
- Onexamination – Over 2455 questions, the pricest one.
- Pastest– Over 3200 questions, £59
RCGP Severn & Tamar AKT prep course. Particularly good for statistics (the stats section is presented by Prof Harris who wrote Medical Statistics Made Easy. It’s also free
Other courses (don’t feel it is a necessity!):
What is the RCA?
The RCA is a summative assessment of a doctor’s ability to integrate and apply clinical, professional, communication and practical skills appropriate for general practice. It uses pre-recorded video or audio consultations to provides evidence from a range of encounters in general practice relevant to most parts of the curriculum and also provides an opportunity to target particular aspects of clinical care and expertise. You have to submit 13 consultations of various domains for assessment. There are 8 mandatory criteria
- NICE CKS
- RMS Guidelines
- RCA Overview
- Mandatory Case Selection Criteria
- Case Guidance
- Definition of Swimsuit Area (not to be shown in the video)
- Mark Scheme
- Consent Form
- Exam Dates