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 Rose Bruford College in the early 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. This Autumn (2013) he will be appearing in schools and theatres as Scrooge in a specially-adapted musical version of Charles Dicken’s A Christmas Carol.
His teaching work, at all levels from secondary to postgraduate, has included Voice & Presentation, Interview Technique, Peer Tutoring and Mentoring, and Communications for Teachers. Though primarily an artist and communications teacher, he has successfully taught Mathematics up to AS Level in secondary schools and FE. He has almost 30 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 experience in other public sector contexts as well as in the corporate sector.
Working closely with Dr Abrar Hussain over a number of years, he has collaborated in developing an 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, Dentistry, Obsetrics/Gynaecology and Nursing.