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

Communication Skills

Teaching Communication Skills


This section is primarily for GP Trainers & Educators

If you’re a new or established trainer, we hope these pages will furnish you with some exciting and innovative ways of teaching communication skills and other consultation skills.   If you have any suggestions on how we can improve these pages or add a section you think is missing, post a comment below.

The key to learning a practical skills is practise!

Yes, you have to know some Consultation Theory before you can practice it.   You cannot practise a skill if you don’t understand the knowledge of the individual steps that make up that skill.   But one of the best ways of teaching both the theory and developing the skill is through repeated practice.  Please note the word repeated.   Repeated practice leads to expertise.    With your trainees,

  1. Practise microskills through role play
  2. Practise CSA cases with you (the Trainer) being the patient
  3. Do Sit and Swap real surgeries
  4. Sit in and observe their surgeries and offer advice/demonstrate/get them to repeat a consultation microskill.
  5. Both you and the trainee attend simulated patient training sessions hosted by the Deanery or your local GP training scheme.

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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).