Guide to producing good competency evidence

Overview

Good competency evidence should show how you undertook and understood the activity. Remember, that your training officer will be assessing your ability to perform your role when they are assessing your competency evidence. Your evidence should show that you understand how to apply your knowledge, skills and experience.

The key characteristics of good competency evidence are as follows:

  • Good evidence should be clear, concise and relevant to the specific competency or learning outcome.
  • Good evidence should contain critical reflection. It should reflect on the tasks and processes involved, on what the trainee has learned and done and what the trainee could do differently next time to improve their practice.
  • Good competency evidence should demonstrate practically that the competence has been achieved. Competency evidence is not an essay. It should indicate, via the appropriate media and content, what the trainee has done, how they have progressed and any feedback received from colleagues or patients on their competence.
  • Where possible, good competency evidence should always take into account the implications for the patient of the competency or practice involved.
  • Good competency evidence should show that the trainee is an evidence-based practitioner – that they can apply academic learning, frameworks and best practice guidance in a clinical context.