MRCGP Workplace Based Assessment (WPBA)


All trainees who start ST3 in August 2019 will need to complete a prescribing assessment by 31 January 2020. This is mandatory as further evaluation is required by our regulators before it can become part of GP training for everyone. It replaces 2 Case Based Discussions in the ST3 year, so 10 are required not 12.

GP curriculum resources

Workplace Based Assessment (WPBA) is one of the three components of the MRCGP exam.

WPBA purpose statement

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 competence 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.

Workplace Based Assessment (WPBA) format

WPBA is designed to support your development, providing feedback on your progress and helping to identify any areas of difficulty.

Throughout your GP specialty training, you collect evidence related to 13 areas of professional competence and record it in your Trainee ePortfolio. This evidence is used to inform six-monthly reviews and - at the end of training - to make a judgement about your readiness for independent practice.

WPBA tools

You collect evidence for the 13 areas of professional capability using specially designed tools (see below). The tools ensure that evidence is collected in the same way for each GP trainee, promoting consistency between different trainers and LETBs or deaneries.

In each six month educational supervision review period you should produce evidence relating to each of the competences. This evidence should be evenly spread through the review period and derived from a range of the WPBA tools. This will enable you to create a picture of your competence and/or curriculum coverage. The amount of evidence needed to create this picture will depend on the depth of the evidence from each log entry or completed CbD / COT / miniCEX etc. Think of making a digital picture where you need to have enough pixels to create a clear image. In the same way, the amount of 'pixels' that a log entry or WPBA tool gives will vary depending on the detail included in the tool.

The WPBA tools are:

Direct Observation of Procedural Skills (DOPS) was an active WPBA tool until November 2015. Any completed DOPS can be accessed in the eportfolio and can support the Clinical Examination and Procedural Skills (CEPS) competency. CEPS provides a more comprehensive system to demonstrate these skills.

More useful information

New WPBA developments

Reviewing and improving the tools we use to assess GP trainees in the workplace is one of the key objectives of the WPBA group. Changes most commonly arise as a result of feedback from educators and trainees but also to comply with the GP curriculum and GMC requirements.

You can access information here about the proposed WPBA changes which are currently being submitted to the GMC for their approval. These have been included on the website for your interest only.

Educational Supervisors Review

You meet your educational supervisor every six months to review the evidence you've collected against the 13 areas of professional competence. You’ll need to complete a self-assessment prior to the meeting.

There are minimum standards setting out the amount of evidence that you need to collect, and guidelines on how often each WPBA tool should be used to ensure there’s sufficient evidence at the point of each six-monthly review.

As part of the meeting, you'll agree a learning plan covering the next review period. If the evidence you've collected is inadequate or insufficient, you and your supervisor may decide to use the WPBA tools more frequently.

More information on the Educational Supervisors Review (ESR)

WPBA minimum evidence requirements: full time training

The minimum evidence requirements described below are based on a standard three-year specialty training programme, with 18 months of hospital posts and 18 months in general practice.

GP Speciality training year one (ST1)

minimum requirements prior to 12 month review 6 x mini-CEX (if in secondary care) / COT (if in primary care) 
6 x CbD 
2 x MSF (each with a minimum of 5 replies from clinicians plus 5 non-clinicians if in primary care)
1 x PSQ (if in primary care) 
CEPS as appropriate
clinical supervisors report from each hospital post

GP Speciality Training Year Two (ST2)

minimum requirements prior to 24 month review

6 x mini-CEX (if in secondary care) / COT (if in primary care) 
6 x CbD 
1 x PSQ (if in primary care and not already completed in ST1) 
CEPS as appropriate
clinical supervisors report from each hospital post

GP Speciality training year three (ST3)

minimum requirements prior to 36 month review
12 x CbD 
12 x COT 
2 x MSF (each with 5 clinicians and 5 non-clinicians)
1 x PSQ

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