Feedback on progress is provided on an ongoing process from a trainee's Clinical Supervisor, Educational Supervisor and other sources. Regular feedback occurs via the end of attachment form. This process is augmented by the WBA and MSF structure as well as by the year 1 Assessment (OSPE), FRCPath part 1 and FRCPath part 2 exams.
Progress in training will be monitored using assessment practices laid out in the curriculum and reviewed by the Speciality Training Committee at the annual ARCP/RITA process.
Work place-based assessments (WBA)
The Royal College of Pathologists considers workplace-based assessment (WBA) 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 daily work. Results are entered on the web-based (LEPT) system by the trainee and approved by their assessor. The forms and guidance are available on the Royal College of Pathologists website.
The assessment tools are:
- Multi-source feedback (MSF) – 3 during the 5 years in training
- Direct Observation of Practical Skills (DOPS) – 6 per year
- Case-based Discussion (CbD) – 6 per year
- Evaluation of Clinical Events (ECE) – 6 per year
This is the formal method of validating progression to full competency, performed by the local trainers and Health Education England working across Yorkshire and the Humber. The Royal College of Pathologists has issued general ARCP guidance, as well as guidance specific to histopathology.