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Competence or excellence? Invited commentary on … Workplace-based assessments in Wessex and Wales

  • Femi Oyebode (a1)
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This commentary discusses the problems with workplace-based assessments and questions whether these methods are fit for purpose. It suggests that there is a risk that assessment methods that focus on competence may undermine the need for trainees to aspire to acquire excellent skills rather than merely be competent, which is no more than a rigid adherence to standardised and routinised procedures.

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Competence or excellence? Invited commentary on … Workplace-based assessments in Wessex and Wales

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