What is assessment?
Assessment is ‘measuring how much the learner has learned’ or in the context of trainees, ‘a measure of progress or level of achievement of an individual against an agreed standard’. In the UK, evaluation is ‘measuring the quality of teaching’ (e.g. your own teaching, a course, or the whole institution) and is distinguished from assessment. However, in other countries such as the USA, the term ‘evaluation’ may be used as an alternative to ‘assessment’.
Appraisal is ‘a review of progress against agreed objectives’. This should be a positive process, giving someone feedback on their performance, charting continuing progress, and identifying development needs. Reflection is an important part of a trainee’s transition towards becoming a consultant.
A good assessment should accurately determine the depth and breadth of learning that someone has achieved and be seen as fair by the assessors and those being assessed. Other features of good assessment include reliability (consistency), validity (does it measure what it is supposed to measure?) and transparency (is the assessment system clear and understood by both the assessor and trainee?). In addition, trainee assessments should be objective, summative as well as formative, and use multiple assessments involving several assessors, leading to judgements at the time of the encounter. Another important consideration is feasibility. A system of assessment should not be too time-consuming, expensive or labour-intensive.
Improving SAS Appraisals: A Guide for Employers
Revalidation & Workplace Based Assessments (WBA)
Some SAS doctors have expressed an interest in more formalised demonstration of skills and competencies. Some advice on how they may be able to do this, including the use of accepted and standardised tools such as WBAs can be found below.
It would be highly appropriate for SAS’s doctors to be able to use these to support our PDP for our appraisal and to satisfy revalidation when this comes round.
Details for the workplace based assessment can be found on the Joint Royal Colleges of Physicians Training Board (JRCPTB) website, and that SAS doctors will be able to use these. You will be able to link to the tools through this website:
With regard to meeting the revalidation requirements, the RCP provides specialty guidance for physicians, and a number of physician specialty revalidation resource guides (including for dermatology) available at the bottom of this page:
There are also templates for collecting the different aspects of supporting information.
Please see http://www.rcplondon.ac.uk/cpd/revalidation/guidance-physicians-supporting-information-revalidation.
Details of all of the resources provided by the RCP can be found via www.rcplondon.ac.uk/revalidation