Here are resources that will help in your quest for CASC success.
A vast array of useful leaflets on all aspects of dementia – including benefits, lasting and enduring power of attorney, and testamentary capacity (www. alzheimers.org.uk/site/scripts/documents_info.php?documentID=160).
Child and adolescent psychiatry
Useful and up-to-date information on eating disorders (www.b-eat.co.uk).
The charity dedicated to improving the mental health and well-being of children and young people as well as supporting parents and carers. The website provides well-written information sheets for both young people and their families. It is useful to read these for clear explanations of the most common disorders experienced by children and young people (www. youngminds.org.uk).
DVLA (Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency)
The DVLA website has up-to-date and accurate information about driving with a disability or health condition and taking different psychotropics as well as advice for doctors on what to do about patients who are driving and misusing alcohol or illicit substances (www.dft.gov.uk/dvla/medical/ medical_drivers.aspx).
Provides clinical descriptions, diagnostic guidelines, and codes for all mental and behavioural disorders commonly encountered in clinical psychiatry. Available in print and online (www.who.int/classifications/icd/en/).
Mental Health Act 1983: Code of Practice
The Code of Practice provides professionals with information on how to carry out their roles and responsibilities under the Mental Health Act 1983, to ensure that all patients receive high-quality and safe care. It is also guides patients, their families and carers on their rights (www.gov. uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/396918/ Code_of_Practice.pdf).
MIND and Rethink
MIND and Rethink are two excellent large mental health charities that publish a large amount of information regarding mental health problems, which is freely accessible online. Particularly useful for revision are their leaflets on the Mental Health Act 1983 (www.mind.org.uk/informationsupport/ legal-rights/mental-health-act; www.rethink.org/living-withmental- illness/mental-health-laws/mental-health-act-1983).
National Institute for Health and Care Excellence
Look at the guidelines for major mental health conditions. You should be able to describe stepped care models in lay terms. The guidelines are available on the website or as a downloadable app (www.nice.org.uk).
Royal College of Psychiatrists
The exam pages on the College's website should be your first stop when planning for your CASC. You will find the curriculum here, a guide for candidates as well as example videos of CASC stations (www.rcpsych. ac.uk/traininpsychiatry/examinations/about/mrcpsychcasc.aspx).