Clinical Assessment

Trainee competence and experience are evaluated by the supervisors twice in each of the first two years of training and once towards the middle of the final year of training (with a final evaluation at the end of training if needed). The forms need to be submitted electronically before the submission deadline. Following this, the trainee's appraiser reads this evaluation and it feeds into the annual appraisal meetings (outlined in more detail in section of the website) that generally function as a gateway to the following year of training or final qualification.

Reflection is monitored through feedback on reflexivity from clinical supervisors, which feeds trainees` annual appraisals (further reflective feedback comes from the programme team generally, and more specifically from the academic and research team).

Forms to be Submitted:

At each clinical assessment deadline the following four documents need to be completed and submitted. These are:

  • Clinical Assessment Frontsheet
  • Clinical Competence Goals and Evaluation Form
  • Portfolio of Clinical Experience ( Log of Clinical Activity and the Cumulative Record)
  • Observation Form

1.  Clinical Assessment Frontsheet

One front sheet needs to be completed and signed by the trainee and all supervisors for each individual placement prior to submission before the deadline Clinical Assessment Frontsheet. This form records your overall placement grades for the Clinical Goals & Evaluation form and the Portfolio of Clinical Experience form.

2. Clinical Competence Goals and Evaluation Form

This form is for trainees to record their clinical competency goals for every placement.  At the beginning of placement you will identify goals, and these form the basis of the clinical assessment.  Some of you will be on six month placements, and others will be on a year-long. If you are on a year-long placement you need identify goals for the first six month period, and these will be assessed by the supervisor as usual. For the second six month period these goals can either be added to, or new goals developed and these will form part of a new assessment at the end of the placement year. If you have any further queries please discuss with your clinical tutor. Each form comes with a set of guidance notes.

There are two versions of the forms, one has been designed for use in a six month placement (with one supervisor) (Clinical Competence Goals and Evaluation Form (Six Month Placement)) and one is for a long thin placement with two supervisors (Clinical Competence Goals and Evaluation Form (Year Long). However, trainees are free to use whichever they feel is more suited to their placement/s.

There are some suggestions for appropriate first placement goals Year 1 Guidance with Goals & Evaluation Form but these are suggestions only and you are not required to include them.

There is also a completed goals form from a second year placement by the way of example (provded here with permission of trainee and supervisor) - Goals and Evaluation Form - Anonymised Example

3. Portfolio of Clinical Experience

These documents are a record of the trainee's experience across training, and comprise two components; the log of clinical activity  and  the cumulative record of activity.  It will be likely that trainees will not gain experience in each therapy domain in every placement, and therefore just leave the appropriate area blank.

Log of Clinical Activity: This log provides summary information of all clinical and professional activities undertaken during each placement period. This is kept as a running record by the trainee throughout each placement period; ideally updated every week. Log of Clinical Activity

Cumulative Record of Experience:  Trainee experiences are gathered cumulatively across placements. No one placement can provide all the experiences that a trainee needs to gain through training. The cumulative record is divided into 3 broad areas of experience: clients, service settings and modes of clinical work. The modes of clinical work are expanded upon in three further psychological therapy logs to evidence CBT, Psychodynamic and Systemic experiences.  Supervisors do not have to be accredited in order to sign off these logs. Cumulative Record of Experience

4. Observational Tools

Trainees must complete at least five observations during their training, at least one per clinical assessment.  A number of observation tools (see below) are provided for trainees and supervisors to use to record supervisor observation of trainee's clinical practice. These should be used formatively and developmentally and can be completed by any supervisor. The supervisor is not expected to be accredited in any particular therapy to be able to use these tools. Please see the Observation guidance (.pdf).

During the first year one of the observations must be the Child Assessment Tool (CAPS)‌, CAPS 'PRECISE' – Scoring / Feedback Sheet and during year two one of the observations must be Cognitive Therapy Scale (CTS-R‌) CTS R form for rating 17 01 12 CTS R Marking Feedback Formative Template or CTSR Feedback Form

Any of the following observation tools may be used:

If you are in any doubt about the appropriateness of an observational tool, please consult with your clinical tutor. Moreover, if you are aware of an alternative observation tool that you would like to use as an alternative, please consult with your clinical tutor.