Independent Assessment of Clinical Competence (2021)

Last Updated: 18th February 2021

The IACC is designed to ensure a fair and robust independent assessment of final year STP trainees.

The Independent Assessment of Clinical Competence assessment, is designed to ensure a fair and robust independent assessment, that is accessible to all final year STP trainees. It is also flexible enough to take into account the variability in training disruption across the specialties. In line with the School’s ongoing quality assurance we regularly review assessments, particularly new assessments such as the IACC, to ensure reliability and validity of the assessment. We also like to consider and respond to stakeholder feedback from trainees, assessors and Lead Station Writers. The IACC was introduced to the Scientist Training Programme (STP) in 2020, in response to disruption to training caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Further updates will be published as the details of the assessment are finalised and notifications will be announced in our monthly newsletters.

What will you be assessed on?

The final assessment for the STP is designed to assess your readiness to practise as a safe and competent, newly-qualified Clinical Scientist and covers the key elements of your:

  • ability to work safely at the level of a newly-qualified clinical scientist in your specialty
  • ability to ensure appropriate standards and patient safety are maintained at all times
  • recognition of any limitation of the scope of your essential practice, together with how you plan to address these to ensure your on-going development of safe and competent practice

Details of the key elements of the IACC

The IACC takes the form of a written critical reflective narrative, which is supported by evidence from your OneFile e-portfolio and a panel interview.

1) Critical reflective narrative

A critical reflective narrative on your fitness to practise at a level expected of a new, competent clinical scientist (authenticated by your training officer). This is supported by evidence drawn from your OneFile e-portfolio. It is likely to be submitted in June and not any earlier.

Your narrative should be between 2,500 and 3,500 words. If your narrative exceeds 3,500 words it will not be assessed, and this will be considered as your first attempt. The citations to items in your OneFile e-portfolio are not included in the word count.

If your narrative is less than 2500 words, you are unlikely to have provided sufficient reflection and discussion covering the breadth and depth of your practise necessary to achieve a pass.

2) Collection of evidence from your e-portfolio

A collection of the evidence you have selected from your OneFile e-portfolio to support your critical reflection (authenticated by your training officer). This will be reviewed by the assessment panel when considering the critical reflection and cited evidence. It is likely to be submitted in June at the same time as your IACC narrative.

We recognise that your OneFile e-portfolio will not be complete at the time you submit your IACC. However, we recommend that you complete as many of your competences as you can in advance of your IACC submission. Please ensure that your training officer, or their nominee, has signed off completed competences, or other evidence that you have cited in your reflective narrative, before you submit your IACC. Remember that you still have until September 2021 to complete the rest of your OneFile e-portfolio.

3) Panel interview

An online panel interview lasting 45 minutes to discuss your IACC. The assessment panel will comprise three independent assessors from your subject specialty. This is likely to take place in July.

The assessment panel will use your reflective narrative and supporting evidence to explore, with you, your suitability and readiness to transition into practice as a new and safe Clinical Scientist in your specialty.

About the assessment panel

A panel of three independent specialists in your specialty will make an objective holistic assessment of your IACC, based on your self-advocacy (reflective narrative, evidence collection and interview) on your readiness to practice as a safe and competent, newly-registered threshold Clinical Scientist in your specialty.

The assessment panel interview will assess your critical reflection. They will take into consideration the extent to which you draw on your OneFile e-portfolio to provide (cite) evidence that is persuasive and supports the statements, analysis and assertions you make within your critical reflection. The assessors will form a view as to whether you have provided sufficient citations to evidence that is appropriate, relevant and persuasive and which substantiates and supports your critical, reflective narrative. The assessment panel will not mark your OneFile e-portfolio, but may comment on the parts you have used within the context of your critical reflection.

Your assessment outcome

You will receive a single overall grade of pass or fail, and a set of feedback from the assessment panel.

Join us for a Q&A webinar on STP final assessment and completion

On Thursday 25th February at 2pm we are holding a Q&A webinar onĀ final assessment and 2021 completion criteria for final year trainees and their training officers.

Our STP training programme directors Jane Lynch andĀ Namir Al Hasso will briefly talk through the requirements of final assessment and completion before talking your questions.

Click here to join the webinar.