My experience of MRCPsych Paper B - Dr Praveen Kumar

  • June 21, 2022
 

Are you an overseas psychiatrist taking the postgraduate route to GMC registration through the MRCPsych exams? Are you interested in sitting the exams in the future?

As part of IMG Stories, we introduce to you Dr Praveen Kumar, a psychiatrist who has recently sat and passed the MRCPsych Paper B exam. Praveen will be sharing with you his experiences of the second of the Royal College of Psychiatrists exams, taking you through his preparation, experience of sitting the exam and sharing some hot tips for international MRCPsych aspirants.


1. Tell us about yourself... what should the IMG Community know about Praveen Kumar?

I'm a Malaysian psychiatrist and I completed most of my training as an Ob-Gyn in Borneo. I originally came to the UK for the PLAB 2 exam, with my ultimate aim being to relocate to Australia. I had planned on spending a few weeks in the UK as a vacation, as it was my first time flying to the west. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, I was stuck in the UK for some time.

I decided to enter the psychiatry training programme in Inverness, Scotland (CT1) just out of curiosity, because mental health was hardly spoken about in rural Malaysia, so I knew little about it. This was my main plan while I waited for restrictions to ease in Malaysia so I could return home, however plans changed, and I've been here ever since.

2. What motivated you to sit the MRCPsych exams?

I had no experience in psychiatry before starting my training in February 2021, but I felt I owed it to my patients to have at least some basic knowledge. I felt studying for MRCPsych would prepare me for the role, so I took Part A and B early on.

3. At what point in your career and training did you sit the MRCPsych Paper B exam?

I sat Paper A in December 2020 and Paper A in October 2021, so this was quite early on in my training. 

4. How far in advance did you start preparing for the MRCPsych Paper B and how much time did you spend on revision?

I began preparing around 6 months before the exam. I'd have 8-20 hours of zoom study sessions weekly for the 6 months, studying around 4-6 days a week.

5. Did you benefit from speaking to senior colleagues or peers about the exam? Did you study with other candidates?

I relied on study groups via a WhatsApp group for discussions and attended weekly zoom study sessions. I formed a study group by seeking out other candidates after posting a message on MRCPsych groups on Facebook.

6. Have you already completed MRCPsych Paper A and how do you feel it prepared you for the Paper B exam?

I completed MRCPsych A on Dec 2020. By then I had already conducted many group studies and had 117 group study mates that continued with me into part B. We did the same format of group study that I hosted before.

7. How did you manage to juggle other commitments whilst studying for the exam (without panicking)?

Since I am on my own here in the UK, I was able to invest a lot of time and energy in hosting daily study sessions because at the start, it kept me grounded while I was stuck in a foreign country. It gave me the opportunity to communicate with so many people in a setting other than my workplace. It was fairly challenging initially while I moved between Airbnbs (7 in total!) while waiting for flights back home. It was only when I was accepted into a psychiatry training programme in Inverness and acquired stable accommodation that things became a lot easier.

8. What resources did you use to prepare and practice for the MRCPsych Paper B exam?

The hardest part was actually statistics which took up 1/3rd of the exam questions, so the goal was to complete the statistics syllabus, then move onto cover clinicals, repeat statistics again, then finally start mocks before the exam. This was the process that was recommended to me by some friends who passed the exam before me.

The SPMM mocks and high yield questions were most helpful for clinical and stats, but the psychmentor notes were also really good with the questions and mocks helping to fortify our knowledge.

The Statistics and Research Methods (Cambridge Crash Course) by Dr Paul Wilkinson helped loads with statistics near the end.

I didn’t use any notes or SPMM videos, but I’ve heard they helped others quite a lot.

9. Let's face it, exams are not everyone's favourite day out... so on the day of the exam, what did you do to relax?

I prepped by reassuring myself that I did practice and study as best I could. I was ultimately looking to gather knowledge that would allow me to better help my patients. Whatever else came out of the process was secondary.

10. What was your experience like on the day?

I felt like I could hear the voices of my study mates as I did the exam. It didn't feel particularly difficult to be honest, because I'd had lot of practice sessions.

11. What was the most challenging part of the exam?

There were some tricky bits, for example being asked the percentage of patients who have a particular illness!

12. Now that the MRCPsych exam is provided online, how (if at all) was the test different to exams sat in person?

I didn't see it as much different to be honest.

13. In hindsight, would you have done anything differently?

Nothing really. I genuinely enjoyed the study sessions and I hope others did too.

14. What nugget of advice would you give to any MRCPsych Paper B aspirants?

Form or join a study group with people from various backgrounds. Mine had folks from around the globe with psychiatry experience ranging from none at all to 12 years. Their input was gold - more so since the exam is very relevant to our day-to-day practice.

15. What are your plans going forward?

I’m actually doing a couple of diplomas at the moment. I plan to collaborate with some people on some research/publication opportunities. This is mostly to bide time during CT2 as I am only allowed to sit the CASC exam during CT3 after 2 years psychiatry experience.


The postgraduate route to GMC registration, whilst not the fastest, can be the most rewarding in the long run. The MRCPsych exams are the central components of psychiatry training in the UK, and as an international psychiatrist, this is the route that allows you to most closely align your qualifications with the requirements of more senior roles in the NHS.


Join the IMG Psychiatrists Facebook group for access to a community of like-minded overseas MRCPsych aspirants and dedicated psychiatry recruiters.

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This is a great opportunity for overseas Consultants in General Adult Psychiatry who want to establish themselves in the NHS, and grow their consultant career. The post is suitable for candidates holding specialisation in the EEA, or for experienced IMGs looking to complete CESR.

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WHAT OPPORTUNITIES ARE AVAILABLE TO YOU?

The NHS Trust believes that research and training has always led to better treatments and services to help people experiencing mental ill health. The Trust is a market leader, renowned for their ground-breaking research and the bespoke training programmes that they offer to help other healthcare providers improve the services they offer. The Trust's training programmes provide a range of learning and development opportunities to enhance the knowledge, skills and awareness of mental health practitioners in the assessment of clinical risk and the development of recovery focused mental health care.

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Indulge your research passion with the Trust's enthusiastic team, who are involved in a whole host of national and home-grown studies with the potential to shape future healthcare.

Specialty Doctors who are ambitious to complete CESR and work towards becoming a consultant will also be supported in this role. Section 12 and AC will also be supported. 

ARE YOU ELIGIBLE FOR THIS ROLE?

EEA Candidates:

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This is a great opportunity for overseas Consultants in General Adult Psychiatry who want to establish themselves in the NHS, and grow their consultant career. The post is suitable for candidates holding specialisation in the EEA, or for experienced IMGs looking to complete CESR.

Specialty Doctors who are ambitious to complete CESR and work towards becoming a consultant will also be supported in this role. Section 12 and AC will also be supported. 

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The NHS Trust provides mental health, learning disability and specialist services, serving 1.8 million people across the county. The Trust is rated Good overall by the CQC and Outstanding for care, and currently has 3,300 staff working across 33 locations, covering an area of 1,450 square miles. The NHS Trust is commissioned to provide secondary mental health services across their area, both in community and within inpatient settings.

The NHS Trust has a team of empathetic leaders inspiring their staff in an environment where everyone is valued and plays a vital role in providing an exemplary service. Across their communities and within inpatient settings, their workforce is enhanced and strengthened by peer support workers, a brigade of PAT dogs and their wonderful team of volunteers. The KMPT's aim is to deliver quality services through working in partnership, creating a dynamic system of care so people receive the right help at the right time in the right setting with the right outcome. 

Anyone would be lucky to be joining a friendly, passionate colleagues from 52 nations, rich in their diversity, talents and experience, who are committed to providing excellent care to the Trust's service users and their loved ones.

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The Mental Health Team provides a service to two towns and their surrounding villages. Total population served by the Team is 106,800 with the 19-64 population being 64,440. The current case load varies between 600-800 cases for the whole of the team with a referral rate varying between 3-7 cases per day. Each Consultant may hold a small caseload of standard care patients who only require medical input prior to transfer to primary care (maximum number of 20).

The CMHT staff have enhanced roles, the Team comprises of (1) locality manager and (1) interim locality manager (Senior practitioner OT), (1) whole time equivalent senior practitioner (Nursing), (5) full time equivalent CPN’s and (1) part time equivalent CPN, (4) whole time equivalent occupational therapist, (8) full time STR workers, and (1) SAS doctor. There are currently no trainee doctors within the team – however this can be developed with the appropriate supervision qualifications.

The post holder will attend Trust meetings including Strategic Development Meetings, Clinical Governance Meetings within the Service Line and other meetings as requested. The post holder will build constructive relationships with the team manager and with other senior professionals.

WHAT IS LIFE LIKE IN THE REGION?

The area is a family-friendly county with first class state and independent schools and affordable housing. The average house price in the area is £360,000, so you get a lot of brick (and green space) for your buck compared to neighbouring regions. Two areas have been voted to be the best places to live in the country with their vibrant high streets and incredible eateries. Another two of the areas that the Trust is in are now world-class uber cool art destinations. The area has the best collection of pubs, a heritage of brewing that is continuing with microbreweries, gin distilleries and vineyards offering gold medal refreshment.

In addition to the ones mentioned above, the area also has breathtaking castles, cathedrals and country houses bursting with history plus the mighty Bluewater shopping centre and a plethora of further choices for retail activities. There is a wealth of activities to keep little ones occupied and then you have the 350 miles of beaches, cliffs and coves; a coastline that is both stunning and stimulating, whatever the weather.

WHAT OPPORTUNITIES ARE AVAILABLE TO YOU?
The NHS Trust believes that research and training has always led to better treatments and services to help people experiencing mental ill health. The Trust is a market leader, renowned for their ground-breaking research and the bespoke training programmes that they offer to help other healthcare providers improve the services they offer. The Trust's training programmes provide a range of learning and development opportunities to enhance the knowledge, skills and awareness of mental health practitioners in the assessment of clinical risk and the development of recovery focused mental health care.

There are exciting times ahead as the Trust's Medical School is set to open, a collaboration between two universities, inspiring the next generation of medical professionals. The NHS Trust is also at the forefront of partnership working - an integral part of the Sustainability and Transformation Partnership - looking at the way forward for sustainable health and social care.

Indulge your research passion with the Trust's enthusiastic team, who are involved in a whole host of national and home-grown studies with the potential to shape future healthcare.

Specialty Doctors who are ambitious to complete CESR and work towards becoming a consultant will also be supported in this role. Section 12 and AC will also be supported. 

ARE YOU ELIGIBLE FOR THIS ROLE?

EEA Candidates:

  • Experience of working in General Adult Psychiatry
  • Board Certified Specialist in General Adult Psychiatry

Non-EEA Candidates:

  • MRCPsych
  • Experience of working in General Adult Psychiatry

UK based applicants

  • Experience of working in General Adult Psychiatry
  • Within 12 months of completing CCT
84,559 - 114,003

An opportunity for a Consultant in General Adult Psychiatry to work for an established NHS Trust that provides brilliant care for their patients through their brilliant people. This NHS Trust has been rated "outstanding" for caring, and "good" overall by the CQC. The NHS Trust values their workforce and offers a range of ongoing benefits - from an active health and wellbeing programme to regular recognition events, and many more!

This is a great opportunity for overseas Consultants in General Adult Psychiatry who want to establish themselves in the NHS, and grow their consultant career. The post is suitable for candidates holding specialisation in the EEA, or for experienced IMGs looking to complete CESR.

Specialty Doctors who are ambitious to complete CESR and work towards becoming a consultant will also be supported in this role. 

WHAT IS THE TRUST LIKE? 

The NHS Trust provides mental health, learning disability and specialist services, serving 1.8 million people across the county. The Trust is rated Good overall by the CQC and Outstanding for care, and currently has 3,300 staff working across 33 locations, covering an area of 1,450 square miles. The NHS Trust is commissioned to provide secondary mental health services across their area, both in community and within inpatient settings.

The NHS Trust has a team of empathetic leaders inspiring their staff in an environment where everyone is valued and plays a vital role in providing an exemplary service. Across their communities and within inpatient settings, their workforce is enhanced and strengthened by peer support workers, a brigade of PAT dogs and their wonderful team of volunteers. The KMPT's aim is to deliver quality services through working in partnership, creating a dynamic system of care so people receive the right help at the right time in the right setting with the right outcome. 

Anyone would be lucky to be joining a friendly, passionate colleagues from 52 nations, rich in their diversity, talents and experience, who are committed to providing excellent care to the Trust's service users and their loved ones.

WHAT IS THE DEPARTMENT & TEAM LIKE? 

???The total population of the area is 100,000 with the 16-65 population of 61,000. There are two full time Consultants covering the Community Mental Health Team (this post being one of them). The Community Mental Health team comprises: (1) WTE Operational team managers, (1) WTE Service manager, (6) WTE CPNs, (6) WTE STR Workers, (1) WTE Non-medical prescriber, (4) WTE psychological therapists, and (5) WTE admin staff. There are currently no junior doctors within the team – however this can be developed with the appropriate supervision qualifications - there is a band (7) non medical prescriber.

The community mental health team accept referrals from varies agencies including General practitioners, IAPT services, secondary and tertiary agencies. The current caseload is approx. 650 with a referral rate of approximately 4-6 patients per day. Within the caseload there are currently 3 patients on a CTO and 6 patients who are on a conditionally discharged MoJ Section. Every patient has a lead healthcare professional and the post holder will provide advice/input as requested and attend the majority of CPA meetings. You will see between 15 and 20 patients a week.

The post holder will have access to dedicated admin with a ratio of 3:1, with consultants also having full access to a secretarial pool for all preparation of letters and reports etc. 

WHAT IS LIFE LIKE IN THE REGION?

The area is a family-friendly county with first class state and independent schools and affordable housing. The average house price in the area is £360,000, so you get a lot of brick (and green space) for your buck compared to neighbouring regions. Two areas have been voted to be the best places to live in the country with their vibrant high streets and incredible eateries. Another two of the areas that the Trust is in are now world-class uber cool art destinations. The area has the best collection of pubs, a heritage of brewing that is continuing with microbreweries, gin distilleries and vineyards offering gold medal refreshment.

In addition to the ones mentioned above, the area also has breathtaking castles, cathedrals and country houses bursting with history plus the mighty Bluewater shopping centre and a plethora of further choices for retail activities. There is a wealth of activities to keep little ones occupied and then you have the 350 miles of beaches, cliffs and coves; a coastline that is both stunning and stimulating, whatever the weather.

WHAT OPPORTUNITIES ARE AVAILABLE TO YOU?

The NHS Trust believes that research and training has always led to better treatments and services to help people experiencing mental ill health. The Trust is a market leader, renowned for their ground-breaking research and the bespoke training programmes that they offer to help other healthcare providers improve the services they offer. The Trust's training programmes provide a range of learning and development opportunities to enhance the knowledge, skills and awareness of mental health practitioners in the assessment of clinical risk and the development of recovery focused mental health care.

There are exciting times ahead as the Trust's Medical School is set to open, a collaboration between two universities, inspiring the next generation of medical professionals. The NHS Trust is also at the forefront of partnership working - an integral part of the Sustainability and Transformation Partnership - looking at the way forward for sustainable health and social care.

Indulge your research passion with the Trust's enthusiastic team, who are involved in a whole host of national and home-grown studies with the potential to shape future healthcare.

ARE YOU ELIGIBLE FOR THIS ROLE?
EEA Candidates:

  • Experience of working in General Adult Psychiatry
  • Board Certified Specialist in General Adult Psychiatry

Non-EEA Candidates:

  • MRCPsych
  • Experience of working in General Adult Psychiatry

UK based applicants

  • Experience of working in General Adult Psychiatry 
  • Within 12 months of completing CCT

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