Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health’s RCPCHStart Assessment

Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health’s RCPCHStart Assessment

We would like to invite you to help at the virtual assessment on Tuesday 6th October, Thursday 8th and Friday 9th October 2020, and would be grateful for your support.

The RCPCHStart assessment stands for ‘Speciality Trainee Assessment of Readiness for Tenure’ (as a Consultant) and is a formative assessment which trainees must do in their ST7 training year. That is the penultimate year of their training and allows identification of areas for development in the final year before completion of training and entry to the specialist register as a Paediatrician. It is a multi–scenario formative assessment, not a pass/fail exam. Trainees are judged according to standard descriptors and the benchmarking describes their performance as at, above or below the standard of a newly appointed consultant.

The scenarios in the assessment cover various areas of clinical practice and map to the GMC domains of Good Medical Practice. One area assessed is teaching skills. In order for trainees to demonstrate these we have successfully included a scenario where the trainee has to actually teach medical students in real time during the 8 minutes of that station on a paediatric topic. This is the scenario we need you to help us with.

We will discuss the scenario with you before the day of the assessment and explain fully what is expected. Essentially, we want you to play the ‘role’ of yourself, a medical student, so no acting is required. You can ask questions and interact in exactly the way you would if you were sat in clinic with a Consultant and were being taught in clinic in-between patients. Unfortunately you will not be able to see other areas of the assessment. There will be an assessor and the trainee in the virtual ‘room’ with you during the scenario and occasionally a second “supporting assessor”. We may ask you for your view of the teaching and we would be grateful for your feedback of the experience in a short survey sent to you afterwards.

The assessment is usually held at the GP Examination centre, but due to Covid-19 restrictions it will now be held virtually. There will be two sessions each day, morning and afternoon. If you are interested in helping out, please let us know which date/s and session/s you would be available for. You will receive a certificate of attendance after the assessment.

Thank you for supporting the College in this assessment.

Please be sure to inform your clinical attachments and get permission to come and help.

Please do not hesitate to contact if you want any further information.