In the face of the current UK National Lockdown, are PACES Ahead courses still running?
We want to assure you that we are continuing to run the PACES Ahead courses with the safety of all our patients and candidates being our main priority. We are maintaining compliance with both national and local guidance on social distancing and infection control and have adapted the course format to remain aligned with Royal College changes that have been announced. This includes retaining the existing format, real patients and assessing the same skills. Time will be added between the clinical encounters for donning and doffing of PPE.
 
What happens if travel restrictions are in place and I cannot travel to the course?
Travel restrictions do not apply for purposes of work, training and examinations. These activities are considered essential and are therefore currently exempt from existing travel restrictions.
 
Are there still places on the course?
Yes, if available on the website. Our courses are typically oversubscribed and places are limited so we advise booking early.
 
How can I book a place?
You may confirm a place by either booking online using a credit/debit card or by telephone at +44 870 042 7499, lines open 24x7. 
 
The course is full. Can I be added to the waiting list?
Yes, please contact us to be added to the waiting list and we will contact you as soon as a place becomes available.
 
Where is the venue for the course?
The course is held at Holiday Inn Brentford Lock

​​​​​​​What do I get when I book a course?
As soon as you complete your booking, you will automatically receive an email confirming your booking, venue details, timing and a list of accommodation near the venue.
 
Will I receive pre-course material?
The PACES Ahead course preread will be emailed to you in advance of your course.
 
Do I get a receipt?
Yes, you will receive a VAT receipt via email when you book.
 
I need a certificate of attendance, how do I obtain one?
You will receive a certificate of attendance at the course.
 
When do I receive my timetable?
The course timetable is available at the course. The course will start at 9:00 am and finish at 5:00 pm each day.
 
Is local accommodation available?
Yes, you will have to book and pay for the accommodation yourself. We would recommend:
- Hilton, Syon Park​​
- Holiday Inn, Brentford
 
What refreshments are there?
Refreshments including tea, coffee and lunch are provided.
 
How do I find out more about the MRCP exams?
For detailed information about the MRCP exams, including application, syllabus, exam format and dates, you should contact the Royal College of Physicians on +44 (0) 207 935 1174, or visit their PACES pages.
 
Is there parking available?
Free parking is available at the venue.
 
What if I need to cancel/transfer my booking?
If for whatever reason you need to cancel a course booking there is no charge providing up to 5 days notice is given. Cancellations received in the last 5 days preceding the course will not be refundable.

Transfers are dependent upon availability and accepted at no charge if up to 5 working days notice is provided. No refund or transfers can be made within 5 working days but substitutes will be accepted.