NSHCS work-based assessment standards

The work-based assessment standards define how work-based assessments should be conducted and the responsibilities of trainees, trainers and assessors.



The NSHCS work-based assessment standards set out the standards that trainees, trainers and assessors follow when participating in work-based assessments.

For STP trainees who began in 2022 the standards for in-person assessments (DOPS, OCEs and CBDs) apply. For STP 2023 starters onwards, all of the work-based assessment standards apply.

For the ETP, all the work-based assessment standards apply to trainees starting from 2024 and onward.


Why do we have work-based assessment standards?

The School work-based assessment standards:

  • ensure greater standardisation of assessment
  • provide the healthcare science community with assurance that the assessment of trainees is meeting common standards​
  • provide the healthcare science community with confidence in the quality of School programmes and of the trainees who complete them
  • provide trainees with reassurance that the assessment of workplace skills in their department is robust and meets common standards

What do the work-based assessment standards contain?

For each assessment type (training activities, DOPS, OCEs, CBDs) the standards provide clear definitions and expectations about:​

  • the purpose of the assessment​
  • how the assessment should be conducted​
  • the responsibilities of every participant in the assessment life cycle
  • who can assess​
  • how feedback should be provided