The CSA is a half day high-fidelity OSCE style assessment. Each candidate consults with 13 patients (trained role-players). The cases are all validated cases designed to test your clinical, professional, communication and practical skills.
The CSA may only be attempted when the trainee is in the ST3 stage of specialist training or later and is available to take throughout the year from November to May. It is taken at the RCGP’s headquarters in London.
The three domains on which candidates are marked are:
- Data Gathering, Technical & Assessment skills
- Clinical management skills
- Interpersonal skills
More information and the dates of the CSA is available on the RCGP site.