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

The SCA with Confidence

The most comprehensive and reliable SCA resource on the web!

SCA Start Up: intro

the basics about the SCA & planning

The SCA Marking Schedule

first, you need to understand the schedule

SCA frameworks

frameworks to help guide your approach

SCA Study Groups

advice on forming groups

SCA Practice Methods

the different ways to prepare for the SCA

SCA Tools

marking sheets, SCA templates etc

Scripts & Phrases

phrases to help you word what to say

ICE and PSO

ideas-concerns-expectns & psycho-social-occup

The Patient's Narrative

working out "the story"

Decisions, Diag & Red Flags

understanding the theory plus some tips

Explanations

the theory behind good medical explanations

Analogies

analogies are powerful explanation tools

Video Clips - clinical examn

clinical examination videos

Video Clips - explanations

explain common medical conditions easily

Video Clips - full SCA cases

come and see the massive library

Top Tips for SCA

great advice from examiners, trainees and me

RED FLAGS FOR THE SCA

the most popular SCA document around!

Examiners' Feedback

things that cause trainees to pass/fail

Feeling stressed? Nerves?

if you're feeling the pressure & struggling

On the Day of the Exam

last minute checks & things to do

Helping IMGs

to help doctors from abroad with SCA

I failed my exam

So you're feeling low and thinking what now?

Things in development…

  1. Telephone Consultations  
  2. Time Management in the SCA 
  3. Special SCA – common difficult areas trainees struggle with
  4. Video Clips – microskills – consultation microskills to focus on 
  5. Why People Fail 
  6. “Unfortunately I failed” – ‘failures lie not in falling down, but not getting up”
  7. Practice SCA cases – some SCA style cases to practise with 
  8. Adding Structure to your SCA consultation – the 4 S’s
  9. Funny SCA – some light hearted stuff to make you smile
  10. SCA for Trainers – how you can help your trainee pass
  11. SCA books and resources – whats currently on the market
  12. SCA courses – courses in the UK to help you pass

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How IT ALL STARTED
WHAT WE'RE ABOUT
WHO ARE WE FOR?

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 bradfordvts@gmail.com).

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).

4th February 2024 

WHAT's HAPPENING?

Here are some updates planned over the next 6 months

  1. Updating the SCA exam pages with cases and videos.
  2. Clinical Specialty areas all being updated with current guidance and easy to understand diagrams and flow charts.
  3. Videos being created for some of the pages for those of you who prefer to watch than read.
  4. We’ve got some bradfordvts helpers to contribute and develop their own pages or areas of interest.  If you would like to be a bradfordvts helper, email me rameshmehay@googlemail.com
  5. We provide all of this for free. But it costs us money to run.  If you could kindly donate something, that would be great.  We do all of this for you.   Please hit the button below. xxx