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.