DOPS

DOPS are designed to provide feedback on a number of prescribed procedural skills essential to the provision of good clinical care.  There are mandatory procedures chosen because they are sufficiently important and/or technically demanding to warrant specific assessment.  Trainees will be asked to undertake observed encounters during the three years with a different observer for each encounter.

MANDATORY DOPS

Each DOPS should represent a different procedure.  There are 8 mandatory procedures that can be done at any time in training but must be signed off as competent by the time of your very last Educational Supervision meeting in ST3.  Some of these procedures may be combined e.g. prostate and rectal examinations

OPTIONAL DOPS

There are 11 optional procedures which should be recorded, if undertaken: (remember, they are not compulsory, just optional)

WHO CAN ASSESS ME? (click to open me)

In hospital:

  • Experienced SpRs
  • Staff grades,
  • Appropriate nursing staff
  • Consultants

In GP posts:

  • GP trainer
  • Other GPs or
  • Appropriate nurses

Be warned: do NOT use other GP trainees to assess you!  You will be reprimanded if you do!

HOW MANY TIMES DO I HAVE TO REPEAT THE MANDATORY PROCEDURES TO BE DEEMED COMPETENT?

Basically, you keep doing them until you are deemed competent.   Remember: it is your responsibility to ensure that you complete the appropriate assessments and build up a record of your training and evidence of competence through the e-portfolio.

HOW LONG WILL EACH DOP ASSESSMENT TAKE?

Estimated time required : 10 – 20 minutes (5 – 15 min for assessment, 5 min for feedback)

VAGINAL EXAMINATION AND CERVICAL CYTOLOGY - I AM FINDING IT DIFFICULT TO GET THESE DONE. WHAT CAN I DO?

First, let’s be clear about two things:

  1. You have to get the Vaginal Examination (VE) and Cervical Cytology (CC)  DOPS done before you finish your training – it’s a requirement for CCT!   This is not negotiable.
  2. DOPS performed on dummies or manikins are NOT acceptable.   So – forget going to a simulation centre or equivalent.  All DOPS have to be done on real alive human beings, with their consent.

We understand that if you are a male trainee, this can be particularly difficult to get done.  Here are some suggestions.

  1. Book patients that you see who need a VE or CC with you and an appropriate supervisor.  Perhaps during a joint ‘sit and swap’ surgery?
  2. If your practice runs a smear clinic or a women’s health clinic – see if you can attend.
  3. Ring your local Gynae Outpatient Department or Colposcopy Clinic or even the GUM clinic  – and ask them if you can attend with a view to getting your DOPS done.     In Bradford: for gynae stuff, contact Sue Calvert, Janet Wright and Padma Munjuluri.  For GUM: Sophie Brady at Trinity Road.
  4. You might even be able to attend the GPwSI (GP with a Special Interest) Clinic for Gynae which is run by Anne Connolly.
  5. If you are really stuck contact Nick Price as O+G liaison TPD.