SYMPOSIUM: Gearing up for the CPSA – a toolkit for delivery

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation


Keywords: CPSA, Validity, Reliability, Training, MLA Theme:
Assessment Symposium Chair: Dr Sam Thenabadu, King’s College London @4hrEmergencydoc Additional Contributors: Dr Helen Oram, King’s College London; Dr Vikki O’Neill, Queen’s University Belfast; Dr Kathy Cullen, Queen’s University Belfast

UK medical schools are currently liaising with the GMC to quality assure their Clinical and Professional Skills Assessment (CPSA). They must demonstrate compliance with the CPSA requirements before the end of 2023. This Symposium is a CPSA Delivery Toolkit, designed to support schools in the preparation, logistics, content and analysis of clinical assessments. The symposium will have a very practical focus. The presenters will discuss station topic selection, sampling from the Medical Licensing Assessment (MLA) content map, quality assurance and equality, diversity and inclusion. There will be tips to ensure consistency across multiple sites and resources to help maximise station reliability and validity. We will consider how to prepare your students, simulated patients, examiners and administration and invigilation team. The essentials of CPSA psychometrics and student-focused feedback will be outlined clearly. The team are mindful that every University will have a unique approach to the exact nature of the clinical assessments and the CPSA will vary in station length, mark scheme style and nomenclature. There has been considerable consternation regarding site readiness to deliver a GMC MLA CPSA-compliant examination locally. This a timely and likely highly desirable practical symposium option in the run up to the CPSA. • Dr Kathy Cullen (Respiratory Consultant, Assessment Lead, Queen’s University Belfast (QUB), GMC Associate MLA reviewer for the CPSA) will share concepts/tips for producing consistent, relevant, EDI aware and reliable individual clinical assessment ‘stations’. She will focus on OSCEs but the principles are transferrable to other formats. • Dr Helen Oram (Haematology Consultant, Deputy Assessment Lead and MRCP/MRCPath Senior Examiner, GMC Associate MLA reviewer for the AKT) will discuss troubleshooting and consistency including tips on preparation of simulated and real patients, examiners and students. She will consider intra-station concordance and inter-site consistency. • Dr Vikki O’Neill (Psychometrician and Deputy Assessment Lead QUB) will outline the essential psychometric data which should be analysed post-CPSA. She will also share her unique Psychometrics dashboard and feedback tool.
Period12 Jul 2023
Event titleAssociation for the Study of Medical Education (ASME) July 2023 Conference: Developing a diverse workforce
Event typeConference
LocationUnited KingdomShow on map
Degree of RecognitionNational