Guide to producing good competency evidence

Last Updated: 16th July 2021

Good competency evidence should show that you understand how to apply your knowledge, skills and experience.

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.

This video contains advice on how to achieve good competency evidence from an STP training officer and trainee.

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.

Key characteristics

The key characteristics of good competency evidence are:

  • 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.