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is not an assessment
in itself but a record of ongoing assessment. The
documentation of this assessment is therefore crucial to the
decision making process.
2. The assessment should take place
during training and should be work based and ongoing.
3. The assessment needs to cover all the
generic and specialty skills and knowledge as well as the ‘softer
areas’ of attitude, judgement, team working, interpersonal
relationships and clinical wisdom.
4. Assessment methods will comprise
direct observation of the trainee, discussion with and supervision
of the trainee, feedback from colleagues, patients, carers as well
5. The main person carrying out the
assessment will be the educational supervisor.
1. Educational objectives and a structure for educational
supervision, appraisal and assessment should be agreed between the
trainee and the educational supervisor as early as possible after
starting a new post.
2. There should be regular educational
supervision sessions during which ongoing assessment should take
place and the educational objectives should be reviewed.
3. Appraisal should take place at least
at 3 monthly intervals.
4. Agreed assessment documentation
should be completed jointly and in good time, and there should be
no surprises to either trainee or educational supervisor at the
annual RITA review.
1. Documentation should have been
received and read by the RITA panel before the
review should take
place without the assessment documentation being available.
‘D’ or ‘E’ will be
countersigned by the Postgraduate Dean without adequate
documentation of the assessment leading to the decision to award a
‘D’ or ‘E’.
4. At the
review the decision
regarding the appropriate
form should be made
at the beginning and should only take a short time since all the
documentation will have been available and read beforehand.
Theoretically, it should be possible to make this decision without
the trainee being present. If the trainee is present the decision
should be communicated to the trainee as soon as possible and the
signing of the appropriate
form completes the
review. The Chairman should make it clear to the trainee that
review is completed at this point.
5. Although not part of the official
the panel may then like to use this annual meeting to do the
This discussion is likely to be of more value
if the decision regarding the appropriate
form has already
been made and the trainee does not need to worry if he/she wants to
provide some critical feedback of their current post.
1. Written feedback should be provided
to the trainee, their current educational supervisor and their next
2. It is crucial that details of all
decisions are communicated to the next Educational Supervisor so
that the educational objectives for the next post can be informed
3. The trainee will receive a paper copy
of their completed and signed
form from the
Institute, after the
review. This should
be stored in the trainee’s Portfolio, year on year.
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