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SPECIALIST PORTFOLIO ASSESSMENT A Personal Perspective Linda Kane Senior Specialist Biomedical Scientist Immunocytochemistry Pathology Department Southern.

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1 SPECIALIST PORTFOLIO ASSESSMENT A Personal Perspective Linda Kane Senior Specialist Biomedical Scientist Immunocytochemistry Pathology Department Southern General Hospital Glasgow

2 PREPARATION When making arrangements with the Training Officer I check that there is only one lever arch folder I also request a copy of the signed statement by the Laboratory Manager in advance Having a preview of the candidates scope of practice helps with preparing appropriate questions beforehand I inform the Training Officer of my travel arrangements and approximate arrival time

3 MEETING THE CANDIDATE Not the image I want to put across They will be nervous so I try to put them at ease

4 FORMAT OF ASSESSMENT 1 15 min presentation This is a reflective practice exercise 2 1 hour assessment of portfolio This is a verification process 3 1 hour laboratory tour This is an assessment 4 Feedback session Pass or fail

5 PRESENTATION 15 – 20 minute PowerPoint presentation followed by questions Time is a standard to be met I explain before the candidate starts the presentation that I will be taking notes I use them as reminders of points that I want to ask questions about

6 PRESENTATION Better ones personaliseBetter ones personalise Enthusiasm comes throughEnthusiasm comes through Gives rise to questionsGives rise to questions Very often get more relaxed flow of information from a question or two at endVery often get more relaxed flow of information from a question or two at end Give the candidate some reassurance that presentation was okGive the candidate some reassurance that presentation was ok

7 KEEPING A RECORD Once candidate leaves I record any comments on the Presentation before going to the next step – the Portfolio

8 PORTFOLIO VERIFICATION This is a verification similar to Registration PortfolioThis is a verification similar to Registration Portfolio Essentially an auditor to review evidence and confirm that evidence meets IBMS portfolio standardsEssentially an auditor to review evidence and confirm that evidence meets IBMS portfolio standards Assessor is checking that all relevant material is present and appropriately signed offAssessor is checking that all relevant material is present and appropriately signed off I do the checklist first then pay more attention to the contentI do the checklist first then pay more attention to the content Should take 1 hourShould take 1 hour I record any comments before embarking on the laboratory tourI record any comments before embarking on the laboratory tour I use portfolio content to supplement questions for laboratory tourI use portfolio content to supplement questions for laboratory tour

9 LABORATORY TOUR Approx 1 hour Approx 1 hour I ask questions relating to all aspects of techniques, equipment, quality, H & S I ask questions relating to all aspects of techniques, equipment, quality, H & S I take a notebook with me as a prompt and explain to the candidate that I use it as a reminder I take a notebook with me as a prompt and explain to the candidate that I use it as a reminder This is the candidates opportunity to demonstrate what they do and what they know This is the candidates opportunity to demonstrate what they do and what they know

10 LABORATORY TOUR Candidates tend to find this most nerve-wracking part Candidates tend to find this most nerve-wracking part Encouragement and prompting can help Encouragement and prompting can help

11 ASSESSMENT: OUTCOME I tend to give the candidate my recommendation before going into feedbackI tend to give the candidate my recommendation before going into feedback I dont prolong the agonyI dont prolong the agony I explain how long I have to submit the report and that the certificate will be sent out by the IBMSI explain how long I have to submit the report and that the certificate will be sent out by the IBMS

12 ASSESSMENT: FEEDBACK We are also there to confirm that the candidate receives sufficient resources and support to enable them to meet the requirements of the portfolioWe are also there to confirm that the candidate receives sufficient resources and support to enable them to meet the requirements of the portfolio Any concerns should be addressed constructivelyAny concerns should be addressed constructively

13 REPORT As soon as possible after the assessment Still fresh in my mind

14 CHALLENGES 2 Assessments in 1 day Concentration Time management

15 PROs and CONs CONs Time-consuming Rely on good will of laboratory manager Travel

16 PROs and CONs PROs Rewarding CPD KSF Visit other laboratories See different approaches Share knowledge

17 Any Questions?


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