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Knowing Yourself and Relating to Others

Whilst training, a doctor’s professional expertise develops alongside an awareness of his or her self, and the ability to relate to others. Knowing Yourself and Relating to Others widens and deepens a trainee’s ability to empathise and communicate, and encourages reflective practice. The programme will then begin to integrate the trainee’s learning with MDTs, and the wider NHS.


Knowing Yourself and Relating to Others – Core Capabilites

The Core Capabilities within Knowing Yourself and Relating to Others are:

Fitness to Practice

Trainees should have insight into situations when their own or others’ performance, health or conduct could put patients at risk and they should take action to protect patients.

The Competences within Fitness to Practice are:

Developing the Behaviours and Attitudes Expected of a Good GP

As part of Knowing Yourself and Relating to Others, candidates should demonstrate an understanding of the following competences:

MRCGP assessments: AKT, CSA, WPBA (CbD, COT, CEX, PSQ, MSF, CSR). For more information see our Assessment Tools page.

Managing Factors Influencing Performance

As part of Knowing Yourself and Relating to Others, candidates should demonstrate an understanding of the following competences:

MRCGP assessments: WPBA (CbD, PSQ, MSF, CSR). For more information see our Assessment Tools page.

Maintaining an Ethical Approach

Trainee GPs should be acutely aware of the importance of practising ethically, acting with integrity, and respecting the diversity of the public. Religious and cultural differences between the trainee and their patients should not determine how medicine is practised. GPs should also be extremely self-reflexive in their professional lives, and be honest about where their limitations lie. The one-to-one nature of the work further requires a mature approach to remaining impartial, and an awareness of strengths and weaknesses.

The Competences within Maintaining an Ethical Approach are:

Treating Others Fairly, with Respect, and without Discrimination

As part of Knowing Yourself and Relating to Others, candidates should demonstrate an understanding of the following competences:

MRCGP assessments: CSA, SPBA (CbD, COT, CEX, PSQ, MSF, CSR). For more information see our Assessment Tools page.

Providing Compassionate and Kind Care

As part of Knowing Yourself and Relating to Others, candidates should demonstrate an understanding of the following competences:

MRCP assessments: CSA, WPBA (CbD, COT, CEX, PSQ, MSF, CSR). For more information see our Assessment Tools page.

Communication and Consultation

All GPs should exhibit a person-centred approach to their practice, striving to understand the context of the individual’s needs, and commiting to helping the patient, not solving a conundrum. This approach requires the trainee to always see patients as unique, and worthy of the dignity of being treated as such.

Patients should feel involved in the management of any problems or disagreements, and doctors should always feel confident that they can resolve any issues relating to limited resources with their patients. The doctor-patient relationship should never become maternalistic or domineering, especially due to the importance of continuing a long-term relationship, and doctors should always take patient feedback seriously.

The Competences within Communication and Consultation are:

Establishing an Effective Partnership with Patients

As part of Knowing Yourself and Relating to Others, candidates should demonstrate an understanding of the following competences:

MRCGP assessments: CSA, WPBA (COT, CEX, PSQ, CSR). For more information see our Assessment Tools page.

Maintaining a Relationship with Patients, Their Carers and Families

As part of Knowing Yourself and Relating to Others, candidates should demonstrate an understanding of the following competences:

MRCGP assessments: CSA, WPBA (CbD, COT, CEX, PSQ, MSF, CSR). For more information see our Assessment Tools page.

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