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Workplace-based assessments in Wessex: the first 6 months

  • Kavitha S. Babu (a1), Myat M. Htike (a2) and Victoria E. Cleak (a3)
Abstract
Aims and Method

We surveyed educational supervisors and trainees in Wessex about their experience of the first 6 months of using workplace-based assessments (WPBAs), to see whether they needed further support in using them and, if so, in which areas. An anonymous questionnaire was sent to all trainees and educational supervisors in Wessex.

Results

Overall, 63% of trainees and 61% of educational supervisors responded; 22% of supervisors had not received training in WPBA and 61% of trainees identified barriers to completing it. Non-medical staff were rarely approached for assessments.

Clinical Implications

There is a need for further training of supervisors, a more user-friendly IT system and expansion of the role of non-medical staff as assessors.

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Workplace-based assessments in Wessex: the first 6 months

  • Kavitha S. Babu (a1), Myat M. Htike (a2) and Victoria E. Cleak (a3)
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