WHAT’S THE MSF ALL ABOUT?
The MSF highlights two things:
- Performance (areas to be commended)
- Possible suggested areas for development
People who you work with will be required to give you an overall assessment for each of the following boxes:
- You need to do 2 sets in ST1 (5 clinicians only in hospital posts. In primary care, 5 clinicians, mainly GPs, and 5 non-clinicians)
- You don’t have to do any in in ST2 (although is often useful)
- You need to do 2 sets of 10 in ST3 (5 clinicians and 5 non-clinicians)
The first point we would like to make is that the trainee (you) are responsible for organising the MSF and recruiting people to take part. Results are anonymous, but your Educational Supervisor (not trainer) will be aware of who the raters were, to ensure there has been a good spread of different raters.
- In the hospital setting: only clinical staff will be asked to give an overall rating for the two boxes above (with space for specific descriptive feedback). Non clinical staff will not be involved in the assessment.
- In the General Practice Setting: clinical and NON-clinical staff (eg reception staff) will be asked to rate you. However, only clinical staff will be asked to rate you in terms of both boxes (attitudes & clinical ability); non-clinical staff will only rate you for box 1 (attitudes)
Our guidance is quite simple really. Read, familiarise and make sure you understand all the behavioural markers for the the two boxes above. Try and alter your attitude and behaviour to fit in with box 1; if you do this from your heart, you’ll be a great GP.
Of course, you can’t be a great doctor without having good clinical skills too so try to make the most of the learning opportunites in your posts and try to exude enthusiasm for both the job and learning. Don’t forget, you can learn from all members of the team, not just the doctors (and they’ll be so honoured you asked them).
Please download, read and use the practical resources in the download box above: this will take the headache out of organising the MSF. It’s been written by trainees based on their experience. Take this opportunity and learn from them.