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Less Than Full Time Trainees (LTFTTs) – click here




  • You need to bear in mind which assessments need to be completed in each post and organise them.
  • You decide when these assessments take place.
  • Pace yourself; your trainer or hospital consultant won’t be happy if you try and squeeze all the assessments into the last few weeks of your post!
  • Give your trainer/hosptial consultant adequate notice (“Can we do a CBD next week?”).
  • Complete the minimum number of assessments before at least 1 month BEFORE the end of your post.  They need to all in place before your Educational Supervision meeting.  Otherwise, the Educational Supervisor will not sign you off.
  • [highlight]Remember, the minimum number of assessments IS THE MINIMUM NUMBER.  You should be aiming to do lots more.[/highlight]
  • For details of what you need to do at what ST stage, please click on the  document in the downloads box above called ‘How many assessments and when?’


Preparation is necessary.  Case selection is very important: different cases will allow demonstration of different competences, and you need to cover all of them to complete GP training.

  • KEY POINT ONE: responsibility
    • It is the responsiblity of the trainee to ensure that they complete the appropriate assessments and build up a record of their training and evidence of competence AT THE APPROPRIATE TIMES through the ePortfolio. Therefore you (the trainee) needs to tell your trainer or hospital consultant when you are ready to do a specific type of assessment (not the other way around).
  • KEY POINT TWO: ‘needs further development’
    • Please do not see ‘needs further development’ as a failure. We expect you to have quite a few ‘needs further development’ especially if you are in ST1 or ST2. If you had all “competent” or “excellent” grades in ST1 or ST2, we’d be worried – how can you have no learning needs at such an early stage in your training.
  • KEY POINT THREE: Hospital Consultants
    • Some of your hospital colleagues may not be that familiar with what they are doing in the assessments. Whilst they are being trained up, we would urge you to attain a  good understanding of how the assessments work and what each domain or competency means so that you are empowered to help your consultant. In this way, we are sure that your hospital colleagues will get the hang of them in no time and in return will really help you to get the best out of them. So, please help them.


  • Mini-CEXs are done in hospital posts and not in GP posts.   In GP posts, you do COTs instead.
  • DOPS will only need to be carried out until the mandatory practical skills have been assessed as satisfactory.
  • PSQs will only be assessed in the primary care setting.
  • MSF will involve clinical raters only when in secondary care and both clinical and non-clinical raters (e.g. admin team) when in primary care.

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