Dr Abrar Hussain

MRCPsych, PG Cert in University Learning and Teaching 

Consultant Psychiatrist, Course Director, Lead CASC Trainer and Mentor

"Our approach is based on the belief that good results come when there is significant investment of time and energy. I am proud of our model and relish working with small groups of candidates to unlock their real potential."

Abrar has extensive experience of teaching and training candidates for the MRCPsych CASC examination. He has been involved in CASC training since 2011 by focusing on individual learning needs and has assisted trainees overcome specific issues related to the CASC examination. He uses an interactive approach and is skilled in identifying habitual errors and communication issues. His teaching style offers creative solutions for candidates to make real progress in their CASC revision.


In addition to his role as a consultant psychiatrist, he is an accredited Cognitive Analytic Therapist (CAT) and a trained practitioner in Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR). This allows him to offer a relational dimension to advanced interview skills. He holds a post graduate qualification in University Learning and Teaching from Imperial College London. He is a qualified mentor within the NHS Thames Valley & Wessex Leadership Academy.


His paper ‘Preparing for the MRCPsych CASC – an insight based on experience’ (2010) published in the British Journal of Medical Practitioners highlights a range of strategies that can be employed in preparing for the CASC.


He has the experience of organising CASC sessions for trainees as a member of the MRCPsych Course Steering Committee and has also assisted GP trainees preparing for the MRCGP CSA examination. He has run generic OSCE training sessions. In addition to membership examination training, his teaching portfolio includes designing and delivering training to General Practitioners, general hospital clinicians and mental health professionals. As a Consultant in Liaison Psychiatry, his area of interest is Medically Unexplained Symptoms.

Robin Samson

CASC Trainer and Lead role player (actor)

"With us, CASC candidates move from feeling intimidated and terrified by the prospect of the exam towards knowing that their best asset, in addition to their psychiatric knowledge, skills and experience, is their own best self."

Robin trained as both an actor and a teacher at a leading drama school in the 1970s. He has appeared at theatres all over England and in London's West End and National Theatre, as well as on television and radio.

His teaching work, at all levels from secondary to postgraduate, has included Voice and Presentation, Interview Technique, Peer Tutoring and Mentoring, and Communications for Teachers. He has also successfully taught GCSE and AS Level Mathematics in secondary schools and FE. He has over 35 years' experience in peer counselling, as a counsellor, group leader and counselling teacher.

Robin has served as a role-player several times for the MRCPsych exams. He was lead role-player for the CASC Revision Course on the St Mary's training scheme in West London for a number of years. He has role-played in OSCE practice sessions in general medicine at various levels and in exam settings for the GMC. He also has much training and role-play experience in other public sector contexts as well as in the corporate sector.

Working closely with Dr Abrar Hussain since 2011, they have collaborated in developing a unique approach to training and coaching MRCPsych CASC candidates in Interpersonal and Communications Skills, working with clinicians based in various parts of the country and in a range of different clinical settings. He has also been involved in Communications Skills training in the fields of General Practice, Obstetrics/Gynaecology and Nursing.

Dr Donna Arya


Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist, CASC Trainer and Mentor

"Our training unit has the experience and the expertise to support your revision in the best possible manner."

Donna is a graduate from Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry (Queen Mary University of London.) She has a degree in medical education and lectures at Imperial College London. She has received letters of commendation and awards as a result her dedication to Medical Education and positive feedback from the student body. She is also a trained mentor.


Donna has extensive experience of tutoring and mentoring psychiatrists sitting the CASC exam with excellent feedback from her students.  She has helped candidates who have failed multiple times as well as first time graduates. 


She has a particular interest in International Medical Graduate (IMG) issues and has an understanding of both IMG and UK graduate issues. She is multilingual.


She is actively involved in leadership and management projects. She was a member Representative for the London Division of the Psychiatric Trainees Committee, is the joint secretary for the British Indian Psychiatric Association and is on the executive committee for the RCPsych Transcultural Special Interest Group. 


Donna takes time to do a needs analysis and read through feedback you have received before. She helps you with all aspects of preparation and likes to make sessions enjoyable and focussed. 

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