The RCOG launched a new O&G curriculum in 2019, however after a full review the Workplace-based assessment (WPBA) tools have remained very similar to those already well established in O&G training. The revised assessment tools aim to put the trainee at the heart of the assessment process, with a much stronger emphasis on the trainee as a reflective practitioner.
WPBA tools allow trainers to:
- provide formal feedback documentation to trainees
- assess competences associated with the training progression of a trainee.
Since their initial introduction in 2007, the way in which these tools are used has evolved over time. Initially (following the previous O&G curriculum change in 2013) there was a significant change from 2014 in the way WPBA tools were approached and categorised. In the 2019 O&G curriculum change there was a particular focus on the use of self-assessment across the whole of the curriculum, but particularly within the WPBAs.
The purpose of this tutorial is to guide both trainers and trainees through the WPBAs as they are currently (see separate eLearning tutorial, Non-technical Skills for Surgeons (NOTSS) resource), and how they fit into the RCOG 2019 Curriculum's Programme of Assessment. The tutorial should take approximately 60–75 minutes for you to complete. It has been designed so that you can dip in and out of each section, depending on your time constraints.
There is a self-assessment exercise at the end of the tutorial so you can test your knowledge. Upon completion of the resource, you will be able to print a certificate for taking part in this activity (you will need to be logged in to your RCOG eLearning account when completing the tutorial in order to do this). CPD credits can be claimed for completing this tutorial. Further details are available here.
When you have completed this tutorial, you will be able to:
- understand what workplace-based assessments (WPBAs) are, and how they are categorised
- be aware of the WPBAs used with the O&G 2019 curriculum, and the ARCP requirements for them
- appreciate ways to get the best out of WPBAs
- be aware of how to give good feedback in WPBAs
- understand how unconscious bias can affect judgements in WPBAs, and be aware of ways to try to prevent this.
Last updated April 2022