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Main description:

The Situational Judgement Test at a Glance provides a sound introduction to the SJT and details ways you can prepare before the assessment. It includes worked case examples based on real–life scenarios which have been reviewed by experienced clinicians and examiners. The book draws out key aspects of professional practice relevant to the role of a junior doctor. This is based on the nine domains as outlined by the ISFP (Improving Selection to Foundation Programme), who detailed the behaviours necessary to be a competent Foundation Doctor.


The overall aim of The Situational Judgement Test at a Glance is not to spoon feed hundreds of practice questions or reams of guidelines, but to steer you towards a logical way of approaching best medical practice and therefore the SJT with many examples of doctors′ personal experiences along the way.


Challenging scenarios are analysed using guidelines from the General Medical Council and research interviews with patients, lab staff and healthcare professionals. All examples in the book are worked in a test–style apparatus, with questions on one side and detailed answers over the page so you can understand the reasoning behind the material.


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The Situational Judgement Test at a Glance provides a sound introduction to the SJT and details ways you can prepare before the assessment. It includes worked case examples based on real–life scenarios which have been reviewed by experienced clinicians and examiners. The book draws out key aspects of professional practice relevant to the role of a junior doctor. This is based on the nine domains as outlined by the ISFP (Improving Selection to Foundation Programme), who detailed the behaviours necessary to be a competent Foundation Doctor.


The overall aim of The Situational Judgement Test at a Glance is not to spoon feed hundreds of practice questions or reams of guidelines, but to steer you towards a logical way of approaching best medical practice and therefore the SJT with many examples of doctors′ personal experiences along the way.


Challenging scenarios are analysed using guidelines from the General Medical Council and research interviews with patients, lab staff and healthcare professionals. All examples in the book are worked in a test–style apparatus, with questions on one side and detailed answers over the page so you can understand the reasoning behind the material.


Contents:

Preface 6


Acknowledgements 7


List of contributors 8


List of abbreviations 9


1 Introduction 11


Personality 11


Professionalism 11


Pressures and prioritisation 12


Effective communication and patient focus 12


Teamwork 13


2 Professionalism 14


What is integrity? 14


Social networking 14


Understanding confidentiality 15


The DVLA 15


Patients involved in serious crime 16


Confidentiality and the under eighteens 18


Questioning professionalism 20


3 Pressures and prioritising 22


Probity 22


Ward rounds 22


Patient discharge 23


Prescribing 25


Consent 26


Learning and career development 28


Informal opportunities 28


Procedural 29


Prioritisation 29


Bleeps 31


4 Effective communication 33


Five principles for good communication 33


Written communication 34


Record–keeping 34


Blood forms 35


Clinical coding 35


Death certificates 35


Cremation forms 36


Verbal communication 36


Working with interpreters 36


Working with disability 37


Communicating personal views 39


Communicating with relatives 39


Breaking bad news 40


5 Patient focus 42


Being the best for your patients 42


Patient advocacy 42


Respecting personal beliefs 44


Tricky decisions involving treatment: consent without capacity 45


End of Life care 45


Difficult patients 46


6 Effective teamwork 48


Understanding teamwork 48


Understanding your role 49


Effective handovers 50


Understanding your colleagues roles 51


The nursing team 51


The consultant 52


The radiology department 52


SBAR 53


Professional conflicts 53


Seeking support 54


The foundation school 54


7 SJT practice material 56


How do I approach the SJT questions? 56


SJT example questions 56


8 Answers 66


Beyond this book 86


9 References 88


Index 90


PRODUCT DETAILS

ISBN-13: 9781118490976
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Ltd (Wiley–Blackwell)
Publication date: November, 2012
Pages: 96

Subcategories: Diseases and Disorders, General Practice

MEET THE AUTHOR

Frances Varian is a Final Year Medical Student at Warwick University and was seconded by Warwick Medical School to help develop SJT educational material and practice questions designed to enhance students non–technical skills.

Lara Cartwright is Senior Careers Consultant at Warwick Medical School and a member of the Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services (AGCAS) and the Medical Careers Adviser s Network (MCAN).