The universal GP Training website for everyone, not just Bradford.   Created in 2002 by Dr Ramesh Mehay

Consultation Skills

Recording Consultations

I hate doing videos...

Everyone does!   But the more you do of it, the easier it becomes and the more you don’t mind being video’d.   Just accept and be comfortable with the fact that at the beginning you will feel uncomfortable and that it is normal to do so.  Persevere and watch this feeling disappear.

But why do I have to do them?

Watching videos of your self in live action is an incredibly powerful and invaluable tool.  

  • It shows exactly what you did.   No-one can ever give you direct feedback as much as a video can of yourself!
  • It shows you patient behaviours – things that you might have overlooked or missed.
  • It helps pin point parts of the consultation where the doctor-patient relationship is either really good or really strained – and how adjustments could have been made.

Although GP training requires you to do 3 COTs in ST1 and 12 in ST3, we suggest you do lots more.  Even if you have got the minimum number of COTS (note: minimum number is mistakingly interpreted by trainees as maximum number!) – do more – because you will always identify gaps in your performance, which can then be worked on.

If you imagine yourself as a block of Swiss Cheese, like the swiss cheese you will have a firmly established body.  But that body has holes in it.  Video is one powerful way of identifying those holes and doing something to fill them up.  This will then help make you more ‘solid’ and complete. 

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Bradford VTS was created by Dr. Ramesh Mehay, a Programme Director for Bradford GP Training Scheme back in 2001. Over the years, it has seen many permutations.  At the time, there were very few resources for GP trainees and their trainers so Bradford decided to create one FOR EVERYONE. 

So, we see Bradford VTS as  the INDEPENDENT vocational training scheme website providing a wealth of free medical resources for GP trainees, their trainers and TPDs everywhere and anywhere.  We also welcome other health professionals – as we know the site is used by both those qualified and in training – such as Associate Physicians, ANPs, Medical & Nursing Students. 

Our fundamental belief is to openly and freely share knowledge to help learn and develop with each other.  Feel free to use the information – as long as it is not for a commercial purpose.   

We have a wealth of downloadable resources and we also welcome copyright-free educational material from all our users to help build our rich resource (send to

Our sections on (medical) COMMUNICATION SKILLS and (medical) TEACHING & LEARNING are perhaps the best and most comprehensive on the world wide web (see white-on-black menu header section on the homepage).