SPEX    initiative Description Frequency

Session dates    

SPEX1  SPEX1 is intended to serve as an early introduction to "consulting like a GP and is completed in General Practice in ST1/2" For registrars who are identified as needing extra support, it is an additional communication course that complements the VTS. The programme is available only upon invitation.

SPEX 1 is split into three sessions:
session 1: introduction to SPEX:
session 2: Small group sessions working with an actor to practice patient consultation skills
session 3: recorded consultation analysis.

Cohort 5: September 2023 - January 2024









Cohort 6: March 2024 - June 2024








 Cohort 7: September 2024 – January 2025



Cohort 5

Session 1: 20th September 2023

Session 2: 28th and 29th November 2023

Session 3: January 16th and 17th 2024.



 Cohort 6

Session 1: 5th March

Session 2: 16th and 18th April

Session 3: 21st and 23rd May




Cohort 7

Session 1: 17th September

Session 2: 26th and 28th November

Session 3: 21st and 23rd January



 SPEX 2 Involves An experienced educator, frequently an AD, TPD, or RCGP examiner, providing individual support during ST3 to doctors in training, to improve consultation skills and pass the RCA.

Rolling programme with a cohort every other month

January 2024, March 2024, May 2024 (exact dates TBC)


SPEX AKT courses offer more specific support around approaches to the taking the AKT exam and are by invitation only for specific Doctors in Training. Only Doctors in Training specifically invited to these courses are eligible to book. Invitations are based on exam attempt history and previous SPEX support.

Please note that if you book a place on one of the RCGP’s courses and do not attend without cancelling your place prior to the course, this will be noted and could affect your attendance on a future course.

Six courses per year, scheduled to take place approx. three months ahead of each AKT diet.

Tuesday 27th February 2024

09:00 – 17:00