There are a number of ways you can improve your consultation skills. You may choose to do one of the following:
Consultation Skills courses are available in most regions and provide opportunities for participants to develop, refine, and practice new skills in a safe, supported environment. Research into communication is ongoing and these courses will provide you with updates on effective techniques, and the opportunity to reflect on ingrained habits. For information about what is available in your area, contact your local deanery or visit your college website.
For those who wish to develop specific communication skills, other options are available - for example, courses in counselling skills, CBT techniques, coaching or neurolinguistics programming.
Watching and reflecting upon a video recording of yourself can be a very useful way of reflecting upon your skills. However, it is usually difficult to gain the maximum from this in isolation.
Video recordings of consultations is more common practice in general practice, however the Covid pandemic has meant most doctors have had to make use of remote technology for their consultations, making a recording of these sessions more accessible (patient permission granted of course).
This page was last updated on: 10/03/2022