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Workplace-Based Assessments in Psychiatry (2nd edn)

Edited by Amit Malik, Dinesh Bhugra and Andrew Brittlebank

Price: £18.00

Members' discount available

Published: Jun 2011

Format: Paperback

Number of pages: 236

ISBN: 9781908020062

Workplace-Based Assessments in Psychiatry (2nd edn)

It has now been 4 years since significant changes were made to the way psychiatric trainees’ skills are assessed for the MRCPsych examinations. Much teaching, learning and assessment now occurs in the workplace in real clinical situations, with the emphasis being on outcome as reflected by the performance of the doctor.

This book outlines the workplace-based assessments (WPBAs) that are required by the current competency-based psychiatry curriculum. It has been updated, taking into account the experience gained since these assessments began. The authors explore the theory and practice of different assessment methods such as case-based discussion, long-case evaluation and directly observed practice, changes in the MRCPsych examinations and multi-source feedback.

The second edition includes new chapters on Direct Observation of Non-Clinical Skills (DONCS), educational supervisor reports, the new online portfolio for trainees, workplace-based assessments in psychotherapy and views from trainees themselves.


Readership: This book is essential reading for psychiatric trainers and trainees.


Part of the College Seminars Series.


About the editors:


Amit Malik - Psychiatrist on the Community Mental Health Team, Hampshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, Gosport.

Dinesh Bhugra - President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists (2008-11), London and Professor of Psychiatry at the Institute of Psychiatry, London.

Andrew Brittlebank - Psychiatrist at St Nicholas Hospital, Newcastle.

"As a 'how to' manual this succeeds well, and the detailed performance descriptors will do much to demystify the process (and the plethora of acronyms: DOPS, mini-ACE, and the like). ...This book should be read by assessors and trainees."

The British Journal of Psychiatry (on the first edition)



Introduction: changes in training

Amit Malik, Dinesh Bhugra and Andrew Brittlebank


Methods of workplace based assessments: what does the literature tell us?

Amit Malik, Dinesh Bhugra


Case Based Discussion

Nick Brown, Gareth Holsgrove and Sadira Teeluckdharry


The Mini-Assessed Clinical Encounter (mini-ACE)

Nick Brown


The Long Case (ACE)

Geoff Searle


Multi-source feedback (360° assessment)

Caroline Brown


Direct Observation of Non Clinical Skills: a new tool to assess higher psychiatric trainees

Andrew Brittlebank


Workplace based assessments in psychotherapy

Chess Denman


Educational Supervisor Reports           

Ann Boyle



Larissa Ryan, Clare Oakley


Annual Review of Competence Progression

Wendy Burn


Examinations in the era of competency training

Anthony Bateman


Experience of piloting Workplace Based Assessment in Psychiatry

Andrew Brittlebank, Julian Archer, Damien Longson, Amit Malik and Dinesh Bhugra


Developing and delivering an online assessment system

Simon Bettison, Amit Malik


A Trainee Perspective of WPBA

Clare Oakley, Ollie White



Amit Malik, Dinesh Bhugra and Andrew Brittlebank


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