PRE- EMPLOYMENT SRUCTURED CLINICAL INTERVIEW (PESCI) RECOMMENDATIONS

Published on June 14, 2018

 

CLARIFICATION AROUND PESCI’S:

Our team have received many enquiries asking for clarification around PESCI’s. More specifically, what to do with the PESCI Panel recommendations.

So, to make things easier, we have put together this helpful blog. Please note, if you have specific questions or you need help, please give us a call!

 

FIRSTLY, WHAT IS A PESCI?

AHPRA defines PESCI’s as an objective assessment of your knowledge, skills, clinical experience and attributes to determine whether you are suitable to practise in a specific position. The PESCI consists of a structured clinical interview using scenarios.

 

DO I NEED TO SIT FOR A PESCI?

Doctors intending to apply for Limited Registration or Provisional Registration, with a General Practice job offer need to sit for a PESCI. This requirement can also apply to General Practitioners who are already registered with AHPRA with Limited Registration or Provisional Registration, who wish to work in another practice.    

 

HOW LONG WILL MY PESCI RESULTS LAST?

Your PESCI results will last up to 12 months from the date of your results.

 

IF I HAVE BEEN UNSUCCESSFUL WITH MY PESCI WITH ONE PROVIDER, CAN I SIT AGAIN WITH ANOTHER PROVIDER?

Yes, depending on your location selecting another PESCI provider may be an option.

In any case, if you are planning on resitting for your PESCI we recommend taking some time to do further study and preparation focusing on the recommendations from your first attempt.

 

MY PESCI WAS SUCCESSFUL, BUT THE PESCI PANEL HAVE MADE RECOMMENDATIONS:

All PESCI recommendations made by the PESCI Panel need to be addressed in your application. In most cases, this is done using the SPPA-30 Supervision Plan. You can also prepare a covering letter to explain your activity between PESCI attempts or to address each concern raised (in support of your SPPA-30 Supervision Plan that includes this information).

 

RECOMMENDATIONS:

Recommendations are written in different ways according to each PESCI Provider. It can sometimes be difficult to determine if the recommendations being made are needing to be completed before applying to AHPRA or before the next PESCI attempt (if previously unsuccessful). Here’s what we have seen recently:

ACRRM PESCI recommendations can be found in each section of the “Panel’s Recommendations. Make sure you have addressed any points raised as part of:

  • ‘If suitable, supervision recommendations’
  • ‘If suitable, recommendations relating to afterhours/on call participation’
  • ‘If suitable, other recommendations’

HWAV PESCI recommendations for supervision is commonly mentioned in the “Reasons” field and then repeated in shorter form throughout the following sections:

  • ‘If suitable, supervision recommendations’
  • ‘If suitable, recommendations relating to afterhours/on call participation’
  • ‘If suitable, other recommendations’

RACGP PESCI results include recommendations broken into two categories:

  1. Recommendations “Prior to Applying for Registration”
  2. Recommendations for “Ongoing Professional Development”

We are aware that it is not always possible to complete all recommendations prior to applying for AHPRA registration. However, it is very important to complete any recommendation that specifically state it need to be done prior to applying for registration.

AHPRA will review your PESCI results and compare with any previous results received (including unsuccessful attempts or previous attempts for other practices). So, be sure that every recommendation has been addressed appropriately. Each recommendation will be reviewed to determine your ability to practice safely.

 

WILL AHPRA KNOW ABOUT MY PESCI RESULTS?

After sitting for your PESCI your results will be made available to you via the PESCI Outcome Report to applicant form. In addition, your results will be sent direct to AHPRA via the PESCI Report to the Medical Board of Australia. This report will be sent to AHPRA within 15 business days of your interview date

Please keep in mind, if you have attempted a PESCI more than once, AHPRA will also be sent copies of your unsuccessful results. These results will remain on file and may be referenced in any future applications for registration.

 

PESCI RESOURCES:

Our team facilitate a Pre-Employment Structured Clinical Interview (PESCI) Study Buddy group, via Facebook. This group is aimed to connect doctors who are studying for their PESCI. Please see the following link: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1469286566700283/

 

HOW WE CAN HELP YOU:

If you are looking for further guidance on RACGP time assessment applications or would like to ask further questions about the changes mentioned, this is something our team can help you with. Contact us directly on admin@peoplemedical.com.au.

 

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People Medical Consulting are a team of professionals with a passion for guiding those specialising in the Medical industry to find their career pathway and settle into Australia. Working with both Australian trained and Overseas trained professionals, we have extensive experience in Recruitment of General Practitioners, Migration for all with a special emphasis on Medical and Document Assistance for those requiring support with RACGP, AHPRA, 19AA and 19AB Medicare Exemptions.