GP Stage 3 Written Prioritisation Exercises Key Tips, Techniques & Mark Scheme
Advice & Insight From GP Stage 3 Specialists
Exam Specific Practice
The first thing to ensure is that all practice reflects the exam setting. This means no A4 Pukka pads or time independent practice. All practice should be under strict timed conditions, on examination answer sheets, hand written and preferably based on official past written prioritisation exercises.
Time Aware, Time Efficient
The second factor to consider is how you’re going to divide your 30 minutes for the written prioritisation exercise. We would suggest a 2-5-3 approach. That’s 2 minutes to rank each of the scenarios, 5 minutes to justify and explain your actions for each of the 5 scenarios and 3 minutes to reflect.
Ranking – 2 Minutes
Justifications & Actions – 5 minutes/Scenario (25 Minutes Total)
Reflection – 3 Minutes
10 Common Written Prioritisation Scenarios
Medical Emergencies (eg. Anaphylaxis/Chest Pain)
Non-Emergency Medical Presentations (eg. Abdominal Pain/Low Grade Fever)
Personal/Family Matters (eg. Missed Call From Partner)
Colleague Requesting Assistance
TTA Requiring Completion
Patient/Relative Requesting To Speak To A Doctor
Colleague Requesting To Speak To You
Non-Time Pressured Tasks (eg. Arranging Mess Christmas Party)
Reflect v Rehearse
What Did You Find Difficult Completing This Task And What Issues Were Raised?
What Did You Learn About Yourself During This Exercise?
Would You Do Anything Differently If You Were To Do This Exercise Again?
How Will You Apply What You Have Learnt?
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Mark Scheme Domains
Empathy & Sensitivity
Conceptual Thinking & Problem Solving