• You must have passed the Part 1 written examination within the last 7 years before taking PACES.



The Communication Course is an intensive practical course which focuses on improving both verbal and non-verbal communication skills over 2 days. Effective communication skills are vital to understand your patient’s perspective of their illness and to help them understand their management.

Acquiring these skills will not only help pass the MRCP examination but will also be fundamental in practising medicine on a day-to-day basis and improve your interactions with patients, colleagues and allied health professionals. Good communication skills help to reduce conflict in the workplace, minimise the risk of complaints from patients and their families and make your work life simpler.

The team at MRCPacademy are made up of some of the leading consultants across a number of medical specialities who have experience in delivering high quality teaching in communication skills. Not everyone is naturally good at communicating effectively, but the team at MRCP academy will help guide and prepare you and give you tips and tricks to pass the communication stations in the PACES examination.

You will get real-time experience to practice MRCP scenarios with a surrogate patient and receive personalised feedback from an experienced tutor. You will work in small groups with a knowledgeable tutor. This can be a quite intimidating process, however, as you progress through the course, your confidence will improve as you learn from each other. It is quite amazing how quickly you can improve your technique over the course of a day.

The course is divided equally to cover station 2 (history taking) and station 4 (ethics and communication). Here are some of the topics that we shall be covering during the course for each of the stations:

  • MRCP PACES Communication Course commences from 2nd Week of February 2023


Station 2

  • Learn to structure the consultation
  • Greeting / Introduction
  • Build up a rapport
  • Optimise your body language
  • Stick to the time frame
  • Actively listen
  • Verbal and non-verbal cues
  • Address patient’s concerns
  • Hidden agenda
  • Summarise

Station 4

  • Patient autonomy
  • Breaking bad news
  • Dealing with an angry patient
  • Dealing with a complaint
  • Capacity assessment
  • Confidentiality
  • Duty of Candour and negligence
  • Counselling and Genetic conditions
  • Withholding/Withdrawing Life Prolonging Treatment
  • Organ donation
  • Advance directives
  • Fitness to drive & DVLA guidelines

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