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Summative Clinical Competency Assessment: A Survey of Ultrasound Practitioners’ Views

Harrison, G. (2014). Summative Clinical Competency Assessment: A Survey of Ultrasound Practitioners’ Views. Ultrasound, 23(1), pp. 11-17. doi: 10.1177/1742271x14550238


Clinical competency and the assessment of core skills is a crucial element of any programme leading to an award with a clinical skills component. This has become a more prominent feature of current reports on quality health care provision. This project aimed to determine ultrasound practitioners’ opinions about how best to assess clinical competency. An on-line questionnaire was sent to contacts from the Consortium for the Accreditation of Sonographic Education and details distributed at the British Medical Ultrasound Society conference in 2011. 116 responses were received from a range of clinical staff, with an interest in ultrasound assessment. The majority of respondents suggested that competency assessments should take place in the clinical departments with or without an element of assessment at the education centre. Moderation was an important area highlighted by respondents, with 84% of respondents suggesting two assessors were required and 66% of those stating some element of external moderation should be included. The findings suggest that respondents’ preference is for some clinical competency assessments to take place on routine lists within the clinical department, assessed by two people one of which would be an external assessor. In view of recent reports relating to training and assessment of health care professionals, the ultrasound profession needs to begin the debate about how best to assess clinical competence and ensure appropriate first post competency of anyone undertaking ultrasound examinations.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: Copyright SAGE 2014
Publisher Keywords: Competency, ultrasound, practice, assessment
Subjects: R Medicine > RC Internal medicine
Departments: School of Health & Psychological Sciences > Midwifery & Radiography
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