The foundation of general practice is the relationship that we have with our patients. These relationships develop over time through effective and efficient mentoring.

Effective consultation is an art that involves listening to a unique story, extracting useful ecosocial information, and designing a safe and effective management plan tailored to the individual.

Each practice may differ in how they present it.

The postgraduate RCGP exam is designed to demonstrate the ability to consult within 10 minutes. GPs agree or disagree with this length of consultation time, with an average of 10 minutes of counselling being the norm of today’s common practice.

One of the main counselling models taught in medicine is the Calgary Cambridge model. Most UK medical graduates will be familiar with this style of counselling and anyone taking the RCGP exam will be familiar with it to achieve MRCGP.