Assessing trainees in the workplace

'Assessing trainees in the workplace' is a flexible and practical e-learning package that consists of 3 hours of CPD-approved online training. This interactive learning will cover feedback, supervised learning events (SLEs), workplace-based assessments (WPBAs), and the role of the Annual Review of Competence Progression (ARCP).

The course is aimed at secondary care doctors who will be assessing trainees, giving insight into what makes good practice and effective feedback. It offers a range of activities including e-lessons, videos, interactive scenarios and quizzes. This package consists of educational and up-to-date information that allows you the flexibility to complete the module at your convenience.

Frequently Asked Questions

What does this e-learning package cover?

This package covers the principles and methods of assessing trainees in the workplace with the revisions implemented from August 2014. The learning will cover feedback, supervised learning events (SLEs), workplace-based assessments (WPBAs) and the role of the Annual Review of Competence Progression (ARCP). This package includes information about: • Mini-Clinical Evaluation Exercise (mini-CEX) • Case-based Discussion (CbD) • Acute Care Assessment Tool (ACAT) • Direct Observation of Procedural Skills (DOPS) • Multi-Source Feedback (MSF) • Teaching Observation assessment (TO)

What is workplace-based assessment?

Workplace-based assessments provide an opportunity to observe, rate and feedback upon aspects of a trainee doctor's practice that are best observed in the authentic clinical environment. Typically, the assessments consist of structured forms which direct the assessor's attention towards particular aspects of clinical practice, such as communication skills, procedural skills and clinical judgement.

What are supervised learning events (SLEs)?

Supervised learning events (SLEs) are educational encounters in which assessors observe, and feedback upon, aspects of a trainee doctor's clinical practice. Like workplace-based assessments, SLEs consist of structured forms which direct the assessor's attention towards particular aspects of clinical practice, such as communication skills or clinical judgement.

Who should purchase this e-learning package?

Any secondary care doctor who works in England and who is in charge of assessing trainees will benefit from purchasing this e-learning package. Trainers/assessors are usually consultants or senior doctors in training, but may also be experienced nurses or allied health professionals. Please note that this e-learning package is aimed at those who will be assessing trainees, rather than trainees who will be assessed.

Does this module offer CPD accreditation?

This module offers three external CPD credits. Please note that the entire package must be completed in order to gain CPD credits. If completed activities are not completed or are completed and score below the pass mark of 80%, users will not be able to claim a CPD certificate.

Why should I buy this package?

Beyond the comprehensive learning included, the package offers a range of features: • Interactivity: The package is interactive with engaging content and the opportunity to navigate the learning according to the needs of the user. • Range of activities: This package includes e-lessons, key readers, videos, interactive scenarios and quizzes. • Educational: The package has been designed in a way that optimises the learning experience and will help you develop your understanding of the topic, with both practical and theoretical knowledge. • RCP expertise: Built, developed and tested by RCP faculty with extensive experience and expertise across different specialties and grades. • Flexibility: This package allows you to complete the e-learning at your convenience, which allows for greater control of your time and can minimise time spent away from clinical duties. • Up-to-date information: This package addresses the changes to the tools used in workplace-based assessment that came into practice after August 2014. • Mobile-optimised: The content is optimised to work on mobile browsers and portable devices.

How much does it cost?

The following prices are inclusive of VAT: £45 for non-members; £40.50 for RCP members and fellows, and £35 for doctors purchasing the package as a follow-up to the 'Workplace-based assessment' workshop.

For any trust or hospital purchasing multiple licences (one per doctor), discounts are available. Contact for details.

What are the IT requirements?

Browser compatibility: • Internet Explorer 7 or later • Safari 5 or later • Firefox 3.5 or later • Chrome 10 or later. Remember to download the latest version of your browser when an update is available, and delete your internet history regularly, as this helps to avoid accessibility issues. PC/Mac spec: • PC running Windows Vista 7 or later • Mac running Mac OS 10.7 or later • Adobe Flash Player 6.0.79 or later. Mobile devices: All content can be accessed on PCs, Macs and iPads. Please note that e-lessons and quizzes can now also be completed on iPads, with Mobile Safari in Apple iOS 5.0 or later. Please be advised that mobile browsers and operating systems can cause some inconsistency in display and therefore quizzes especially are usually best completed on a desktop for optimum interaction.

How long will I have access for?

You will have full access to the package for 3 months. Please note that you can download PDFs as well as quick guides and useful links.

I am unable to view the videos – what can I do?

Playback of multimedia content such as videos can vary, depending on your network performance and settings. In particular, some trusts do not allow videos to be viewed. This e-learning package requires access to the videos in order to complete CPD activities, so those attempting to access the modules from within trusts which do not meet the IT requirements may want to access the learning from home or another computer outside the trust. Please read the IT requirements below.

Is support available as part of the package?

A support contact is available and will respond to all queries within 2 working days. Please email the e-learning team at or phone: +44 (0)20 3075 1422.

Can I purchase the package for doctors in my trust or hospital?

We offer a package for any trust or hospital purchasing multiple licences. This includes additional features such as reporting, jointly-branded documentation and discounts. Please contact for more information.

Do you offer any workplace-based assessment training that I can attend in person?

We offer a workshop for doctors with up-to-date and specialist knowledge in this area. Our workplace-based assessment workshop dates and bookings information can be found at: