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WPBA assessments

About WPBA assessments

The following video explains the new assessments in the Trainee Portfolio.

WPBA evaluates the trainee's progress in areas of professional practice best tested in the workplace and: 

  • looks at the trainee's performance in their day-to-day practice to provide evidence for learning and reflection based on real experiences
  • supports and drives learning in important areas of capability with an underlying theme of patient safety
  • provides constructive feedback on areas of strength and developmental needs, identifying trainees who may be in difficulty and need more help
  • evaluates aspects of professional behaviour that are difficult to assess in the Applied Knowledge Test and Clinical Skills Assessment
  • determines fitness to progress towards completion of training.

Evidence of WPBA, as approved by the GMC, includes the completion of specific assessments and reports, the documentation of naturally occurring evidence as well as certain mandatory requirements such as Child safeguarding and Basic Life Support. More information on the requirements for WPBA can be found below.

Overview documents

Assessment numbers

The following table summarises the number of assessments required per training year. It should be emphasised that this is a minimum number and to achieve the Capabilities to the required standard, further assessments may be required.

Less than full time (LTFT) placements

For trainees who are less than full time the same number of assessments need to be completed per ‘training year’ (this will be longer than a calendar year). For example a trainee on a 50% less than full time rotation will take 2 years to complete a ‘training year’

WPBA numbers for each year of training

Mandatory evidence sheet - WPBA numbers for each year of training (PDF file, 176 KB)

Assessment numbers information last updated: 21 April 2022 (added new mandatory evidence sheet)