The London Healthcare Science Trainee Network (London HCSTN) held their first OSFA Workshop at the Health Education England Events Centre, in June this year. The event was heavily oversubscribed with over 50 STP trainees from across various specialities and London hospitals in attendance.
The day started with an introduction to the OSFA process by Kimberly Gilmour, Consultant Clinical Scientist at Great Ormond Street Hospital and OSFA extraordinaire! Kimberly was then joined by colleague Elizabeth Ralph and provided some entertaining demonstrations of OSFA scenarios, as well as the good and bad behaviours she’s experienced in her years of being an OSFA assessor. The trainees then took a turn at writing their own generic OSFA stations; a useful exercise to understand what assessors are looking for during the OSFA marking process.
Following a light lunch there was a Q&A session with some OSFA assessors. Training officers Sarah Peel, Jeffery Davison, Karen Marks and Paul Ganney answered trainee questions covering the OSFA process, common mistakes and tips for preparation. Trainees then split into groups of three and worked through the stations they had written earlier in the day.
This was an invaluable opportunity to practise ahead of the upcoming OSFAs in July and feedback for the event was excellent and will be used to inform future events:
“Very good to understand the marking schemes and criteria for generic OSFAs, also good to speak to assessors and hear their advice”
“Good opportunity to practice stations”
“Lots of info, good revision ideas, good to have so many OSFA assessors”
Congratulations and thank you to the London Network board their hard work and time put into arranging such a fantastic event for trainees across London.