Direct Observed Practice (DOP)
- Complete DOPs and reference in your written competency.
- Do any of the answered questions in the DOP complement the learning for your competency?
- The end of each DOP requires ‘Actions’ to be set by your assessor; by carrying out these actions can you show learning for the competency? Can you reference this?
- Did you write notes when revising/practising for your DOP? Upload these – remember written notes can be scanned in.
Observed Clinical Evidence (OCE)
- Does the competency have an associated OCE?
- Can you create a new OCE to suit this competency?
- Do the OCE and reference it in your written competency.
- Do any of the questions covered in the OCE complement the learning for your competency.
Case Based Discussion (CBD)
- Have you undertaken any CBDs which links neatly to this competency?
- Can you expand the CBDs to contain all evidence of learning for this competency?
- Did the CBDs raise any discussion points that may fit into a competency? Write these up, not only as a learning exercise, but as additional evidence for competencies.
Clinical Experiential Learning (CEL)
- CEL can sometimes be overlooked since it isn’t assessed – but it is still compulsory and should be recorded in your Reflective Log. The reflections on CEL can be referenced in competencies.
- Similarly with completing assessments, do you have an associated CEL?
- Have you carried out a test on a batch of samples/data or, performed a procedure on a patient? Upload the worklist/analysis/patient history/data read-out.
- Have you participated in an audit, risk assessment or written/updated a standard operating procedure; upload with a description of the evidence.
- Maybe keep a record in a spreadsheet of all practical work/demonstrations that you participate in. It is an easy way to record what you have and haven’t seen or done and can later be uploaded to your e-portfolio and referred to for competencies. You could use Microsoft Excel, Google sheets or Numbers if you use a Mac.
Using your MSc (and previous taught learning) as evidence
- Lecture notes you’ve been provided:
- Can you include scanned in copies with notes?
- Can you condense the lecture notes into bullet points to evidence of learning?
- Evidence that you’ve covered the material in exams:
- Perhaps your respective marks?
- Perhaps the question you answered?
- Presentations you’ve given as part of your taught course:
- Upload the PowerPoint
- Perhaps your respective marks?
- Did you have to attend any workshops as part of you course? Do these relate to any competencies?
- Upload the presentations or scan in any handouts/notes.
Using other sources as evidence
- Mandatory training at your Trust
- For example, fire safety, manual handling, infection control
- Most of this should be covered shortly after you join your trust and formal records are usually kept. Get a copy of this and upload to your e-portfolio.
- In house training from your department
- Attendance at team meetings
- Attendance at Journal Clubs
- Are you part of a subcommittee e.g. the Quality Team?
- Do you have ‘In house’ competencies you’ve had to do in your role that you could reference again to?
- External courses
- Attendance at professional body meetings
- Update events e.g. Events which provide information
- Attendance at conferences
- Usually there are one or two conferences that your department will attend anyway, but don’t forget to keep an eye out for any of interest.
- Other sources
- Inductions from being inducted when on rotation to new departments
- Involvement with charities
- Your elective