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What is the format of the assessment ?

It will be an Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE). OSCEs have been used for over 30 years in the UK and are widely considered to be the fairest way of assessing clinical skills. OSCEs are, however, quite stressful and we would encourage you to apply only if you are confident you can demonstrate your skills and competence.

Each candidate will take the OSCE on a single day. It will comprise 16 different stations. Depending on the numbers of applicants, we will run the OSCEs for up to three days. The OSCE will be different on each day, but will be carefully designed to ensure equivalent difficulty.

It is very important that you make travel and accommodation arrangements that will allow you to arrive in good time. Although we make every effort to run the assessments in a very efficient manner, delays can occasionally occur, so your travel arrangements to leave Manchester must also take account of this. If you arrive late or leave early, you will be deemed to have failed the assessment.

Instructions for each station will be printed outside the station. You will have one minute to read these instructions. The assessment part of each station will then last for 9 minutes. The total time for each station will therefore be 10 minutes.

In many stations, you will be talking to simulated patients. These are professional actors who play the role of the patient in a realistic manner. In other stations, you will encounter real patients. You should treat real and simulated patients in exactly the same manner. Please behave as you would normally in a clinical environment.

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