Workplace-based assessment is an essential and significant element of specialist medical training. Workplace-based assessment is the assessment of a trainee’s professional skills and attitude and will provide evidence of appropriate everyday clinical competences. The Royal College of Pathologists supports and is fully committed to the development and implementation of workplace-based assessment as standard practice, initially in these four pathology specialties: chemical pathology, histopathology, medical microbiology and virology.
The Royal College of Pathologists considers that workplace-based assessment (WPBA) forms an important part of assessing the competency of trainees, and ensuring that they are making satisfactory progress. The principle is that trainees are assessed on work that they are actually doing and that, as far as possible, the assessment is integrated into their day-to-day work.
Workplace-based assessments are mandatory for all StRs appointed to one of the following from August 2007:
a. A specialty training programme with a National Training Number (NTN)
b. Fixed Term Specialty Training Appointment (FTSTA)
c. Locum Appointment for Training (LAT)
The assessment tools are: