Assessment and examinations
The College help to support the delivery of workplace based assessments. From September 2013 there will be a number of changes to these assessments and the College will be running a 1 year national pilot. Keep up to date with the latest information and the guidance and support being offered by the College. The College will be publishing regular updates on this page.
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The RCPCH webinar presents the changes to Work-placed Based Assessments, and a range of questions is answered by a panel of experts:
Guidance and Support
The College will be offering comprehensive guidance and support to those who undertake workplace based assessments. The overall strategy and rationale for these changes can be found in the College(PDF, 34 pages, 343KB). You will also find the a useful document to have and this outlines which examinations and assessments trainees must undertake over the course of their training.
The links below provide copies of how the forms will look for the current and new assessments and coming soon we will provide guidance notes for completing them and also an exemplar so that you can see how these forms should be completed in practice. The current assessments will be amended and available to complete in ASSET from September 2013 with the new assessments added in October 2013.
Who may conduct Workplace Based Assessments?
In encouraging a more flexible use of workplace based assessments, we are keen not to limit assessors to consultants. However, consultants have an important role in supervision and assessment and we expect them to be involved in carrying out a large proportion of SLEs and AoPS.
SLEs - Consultants are often the most appropriate people to do these assessments, and it is expected that at least 12 /year (the bare minimum number of SLEs) will be conducted by consultants. However, we would encourage trainees to record any event from which learning points arise and feedback may be given by any suitable colleague.
CbD - generally will be conducted by consultants but a minority may be carried out by others, particularly more senior trainees who the trainee feels may be able to provide good feedback.
LEADER and Safeguarding CbDs - consultants, as these new 'pilot' tools require consistency in assessment.
Mini-CeX - Consultants are well placed to provide feedback for Mini-CeXs, but trainees may learn from others and wish to record some CeXs with other staff, usually more senior trainees.
HAT, ACAT, DOC - At least one of each of these to be done by a consultant. Additional assessments may be carried out by others. Note that those conducting these assessments will need to provide feedback to the college on how successful the assessment is and suggestions for modification.
DOPS - These should be done by consultants, more senior trainees, Nurse practitioners and others who are proficient in the procedure and have read and understood the guidance on DOPS.
Safeguarding CBD Example 3 (PDF, 3 pages, 179 KB)
New Pilot Assessments
Our timeline document provides you with an overview of the key events and when they will happen for the pilot.
MRCPCH and DCH Examinations
The College offers two types of examinations; Membership Examinations (MRCPCH) and the Diploma in Child Health (DCH).
MRCPCH pass rates can be viewed online.
The examinations currently consist of the Part 1 written paper, the Part 2 written paper and the Clinical Examination. The Part 1 examination is devised of two separate papers; Parts 1a and 1b. The Part 2 examination is one examination split across two papers. The final element of the MRCPCH examinations is the MRCPCH Clinical Examination. The MRCPCH Clinical Examination is a practical examination that is split across 10 clinical stations. Ordinary Membership of the College is achieved by successfully completing all examination elements of the MRCPCH. Trainees are expected to complete the Membership Examinations before the end of ST3 and before beginning Level 2 training.
Presently the natural progression for trainees through the Membership Examinations is that the Part 1 paper must be passed before the Part 2 paper can be sat. It is only after the Part 2 paper has been passed that the trainee can progress to the Clinical Examination. There are three sittings of each type of membership examination a year.
From 2013 the MRCPCH Examinations will be changing, as a result of a comprehensive review. Along with the launch of new syllabi, the written examination papers will be known as Foundation of Practice, Theory and Science and Applied Knowledge in Practice; these have formally been the Part 1a, Part 1b and Part 2 respectively. In addition, the written papers will be able to be taken in the trainee’s order of preference and simultaneously if they wish, but the MRCPCH Clinical Examination will still only be able to be taken once all written elements have been successfully passed.
Before applying for any written examination please read and download MRCPCH Written Examination Changes 2013 here.
The MRCPCH consists of four sections:
- MRCPCH Foundation of Practice
- MRCPCH Theory and Science
- MRCPCH Part 2 - Applied Knowledge in Practice
- MRCPCH Clinical
The Diploma in Child Health (DCH) is designed to give recognition of competence in the care of children to General Practitioner vocational trainees, Staff Grades in paediatrics and other specialists allied to paediatrics.
The DCH Examination consists of the MRCPCH Part 1a written examination and a specially designed DCH Clinical Examination. The Part 1a written examination must be passed before candidates can sit the DCH Clinical Examination. From 2013 candidates must pass the Foundation of Practice written examination before sitting the DCH Clinical Examination.
For full details on the examinations please click here.
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