GUIDANCE NOTES FOR
WORKPLACE ASSESSMENT RECORDS FOR
RCA COMPETENCY BASED SHO TRAINING
After the Initial Assessment of Competency has been satisfactorily completed, SHO (or equivalent) trainees in Anaesthesia in the Northern Schools of Anaesthesia will gather a series of Workplace Assessment Records (WARs) designed to complement the Royal College of Anaesthetists Competency Based Senior House Officer Training and Assessment document (The CCT in Anaesthesia:II).
Within the Schools there are now 11 different WARs ( including a new pain assessment), as below (with reference to the relevant sections within the College document1). As a guide, the recommended time at which each WAR should normally be satisfactorily completed is shown. The actual time at which a trainee is able to complete any WAR will depend on the training opportunities available.
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|(Section 7)||6 months|
|(Sections 8,9,10,17,18)||6, 12, 18, and 24 months|
|(Sections 8, 19,20)||12 months|
|(Section 13)||12 months|
|(Sections 5, 6)||12 months|
|(Section 12)||12 months|
|(Section 14)||18 months|
|(Section 15)||18 months|
|(Section 16)||18 months|
|(Section 11)||18 months|
Each trainee should compile a portfolio. This will include the series of WARs as above, together with copies of the College Tutors Summation of Assessments from each placement (which document satisfactory attitude, judgement and behaviour). This will provide evidence of adequate progress within the SHO grade and ultimately will support the award of the SHO Training Certificate at the end of SHO training.
Validation of each individual objective within any WAR may include theoretical discussion and/or satisfactory assessment in practice (e.g. management of MH is unlikely to be assessed in practice other than in simulation).
It is the intention that each WAR is completed within a specific Unit of Training. Completion of all objectives within each WAR at one session is not always possible. It may be necessary for some objectives to be assessed on a different occasion or by a different trainer (and occasionally in a different hospital). However, it is not intended that the objectives within each WAR are acquired in an entirely piece-meal fashion. Conversely, good practice would demonstrate validation by more than one trainer for each WAR. As such, for each WAR, it is recommended that trainees acquire validation by a combination of two trainers where possible.
Trainers validating assessment should be either
The signature of the College Tutor on the front of each WAR confirms
(i) the genuine origin of trainers signatures on the reverse, and
(ii) that sufficient evidence is collected on the reverse to demonstrate a satisfactory level of achievement in that Unit of Training
The WAR corresponding to Induction, maintenance, recovery, and post-op analgesia should be completed every six months throughout SHO training.
Trainees may duplicate other WARs if
Each trainee should have at least one satisfactory assessment for each Unit of Training by the end of SHO training.
Each WAR will be available to download from the Schools web site.
1.The CCST in Anaesthesia II: Competency Based Senior House Officer Training and Assessment. July 2000. The Royal College of Anaesthetists, London.