Regional Training (MRCPsych)

The CNWL Membership of the Royal College of Psychiatrists Course (MRCPsych) is the premier Regional Teaching Programme for the Core Psychiatry Programme in North West London.

The programme offers an innovative blend of lectures, communications skills and problem based learning modules over a whole day of dedicated teaching, once per fortnight. Modular teaching is mapped to the curriculum and aligned to the exam. It is delivered in two Streams: Paper 1 – CT1 on Tuesdays and Paper 2/3 – CT3/3 on Thursdays and hosted at a convenient Central London location where lunch is provided.

Full administrative support is provided to make sure the course is well supported in terms of facilities and equipment. An appointed Course Director has overall responsibility for delivery, quality and development issues. Governance is provided through a quarterly Steering Group, including learner representation. Quality is assured through regular learner feedback – both formal and informal – which is reviewed by the Course Director and fed into discussions at the Steering Group.

The course also offers CT3 trainees and higher trainees post membership the opportunity to join the Faculty of the course and participate in delivering Communications Skills, Problem Based Learning and Lecture modules.

Judged by attendance and exam results, the course is both popular and successful, with year on year improvements in both domains.

Course contents

Problem-Based Learning (PBL)

Each morning session begins with a review of the information that has been researched by trainees regarding a PBL case. At the end of the session trainees give feedback on the content and appropriateness of the PBL case.

The second session involves reviewing the new PBL case and assigning topics to be researched and fed back to the group by each trainee the following week.

Communication skills

Communication skills are a key component to CASC success and the continual focus on these essential skills throughout the course aims to provide trainees with the skills and experience required to succeed in completing the CASC examination.


Lecture topics are mapped to the MRCPsych syllabus; a wide variety of individuals lecture on the course, from higher trainees to professors and psychologists.


For all information on the MRCPsych programme please contact the programme manager: Richard Cox,

Contact details:

Address: 2nd Floor, Chamberlain House, St Charles Hospital, Exmoor Street, London W10 6DZ
Phone: 020 3317 4215

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