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Workplace-based assessments (WBAs), also known as Supervised Learning Events (SLEs), are another way to evidence skill-building and development throughout your career. They involve a review of your ability in regard to a particular patient or case, and allow for in-the-moment feedback from a skilled supervisor.
What are WBAs?
You will have done WBAs as part of your foundation requirements and should continue to use these tools to improve your practice outside of training too. They are great aide-memoirs when you need to discuss cases in interviews or appraisals, and are also great to look back on later on in your career to remind yourself of how far you have come.
What are the types of WBA?
There are four types of Workplace Based Assessment: Mini-CEX, DOPS, CBD and Surgical Procedure Logbook.
These terms might be familiar from your Foundation Training competencies.
On each of the pages below, we go into you can learn more about what they are and how to complete them, and find printable templates and examples of each type of WBA.
How do I collect evidence?
You can collect evidence of WBAs by printing out assessment templates or using digital feedback forms. On each of the pages linked above we have specific templates.
When filling out the forms, be vague enough to maintain patient confidentiality, but also specific enough to trigger your memory of the case weeks, months, or years down the line.
What are the benefits of doing these?
For the less cynical readers of this page, WBAs are not simply a means to collecting evidence for the sake of an appraisal or ARCP, but a means for supporting your learning and development through day-to-day activities.
In an ideal world, doctors would use every patient interaction, every procedure, and every case discussion as a tool to critically analyse their knowledge and ability. But in reality, this expectation is unrealistic as we are too busy to do this on a day-to-day basis.
WBAs are simply generic tools and should be adapted to serve each doctor in a way that is quick, practical, easy to use, and achievable.
How can I arrange these if I am a locum doctor?
If you are struggling to find opportunities to practice these skills or collect evidence of your learning, check out this article on Messly’s blog about finding learning and development opportunities as a locum doctor.