GP VTS/ST Stage 3 Examination
The GP ST Stage 3 examination is based on role-plays (simulated consultations), group discussions and a written prioritisation task.
GP ST Role-plays
In this section, candidates are primarily tested on their communications skills when interacting with patients and/or their relative. General practice issues being examined include: breaking bad news, explaining a condition and how to manage the condition, addressing a mistake, interacting with demanding and unsettled patients, treatments issues.
General Practice Group Discussion
In the group discussion section, GP candidates will be split into approximately groups of 4, with 3 observers scoring. Everyone may be given the same general practice scenarios or be required to act out different roles, all specific to the General Practice environment. The topic of discussion may vary from: task issues and allocation with colleagues, managing the practice, salaries, public perceptions among many others.
GP VTS/ST Written Prioritisation Tasks
In this section, candidates are given a situation, typically a busy GP clinical environment, and have to rank which tasks needs to be completed in order of importance. On average there should be 6 items ranging in topics from teamwork to patient care.