Key characteristics of good competency evidence

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Good competency evidence should show how you undertook and understood an activity. Your ability to do the job properly will be assessed by your training officer who will be looking for evidence that shows that you can apply your knowledge, skills and experience over time to demonstrate competence.

Here are some valuable and key characteristics of good competency evidence:

  • Be clear, be concise and keep it relevant to the specific competency or learning outcome.
  • Evidence should contain critical reflection. You should reflect on the tasks and processes involved, on what you learned and did and what you could do differently next time to improve your practice.
  • Demonstrate practically that the competence has been achieved. Competency evidence is not an essay. It should indicate, via the appropriate media and content, what you have done, your progress and any feedback received from your Training Officers and other colleagues or patients.
  • Where possible, always consider the implications for the patient of the competency or practice involved.
  • Show you are an evidence-based practitioner and that you can apply academic learning frameworks and best practice guidance in a clinical context.
  • Wherever possible, evidence should consider the patient’s perspective. Consider opportunities to involve patients in your training.
  • Ideally you should be able to identify how your evidence applies to national frameworks e.g. HCPC Standards of Proficiency and the Academy’s Good Scientific Practice.
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Here is a video sharing advice on what to look for in good competency evidence and how to achieve good evidence.

In this short video, Jane Lynch (STP Training Programme Director), Sarah Clinton (Training Manager) and Kade Flowers (Clinical Biochemistry Graduate) discuss what makes good competency evidence and the best way to achieve it.