Work Place Based Assessment (WPBA) Core Group Member

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Reports to: WPBA Clinical Lead

Term of office: Three years, with a review by WPBA Clinical Lead at one year, and reappointment for a second three year term if mutually agreed.

Overall purpose: To contribute to the ongoing development, delivery and quality control of the MRCGP WPBA.

Remuneration: The agreed RCGP per diem rate of £249.72 will be paid for each session.

Time commitment: Approximately 12-15 sessions per year. Including attendance at WPBA group meetings (normally 3 - 4 per year) and additional work as required  e.g. developing assessment tools and guidance documents.

Background to the role:

Workplace Based Assessment (WPBA) is one of the three components of the MRCGP exam, providing a framework for evaluating a doctor’s progress in those areas of professional practice best tested in the workplace.

The WPBA Core Group is responsible for the ongoing development, delivery (including communication) and quality control of the MRCGP WPBA, contributing to its content and strategic development. The group is headed by the WPBA Clinical Lead, currently Dr Kim Emerson and reports to the RCGP’s Assessment and Curriculum Development Committee and Specialty Training Board.

The group ensures WPBA is mapped to the RCGP curriculum, that it articulates appropriately with the AKT and SCA and that the content and methodology of the WPBA is appropriate to the current educational climate for general practice.

As well as developing appropriate Portfolio assessment tools, the group also creates training resources for primary care educators and guidance documents for both trainees and educators.

Members are appointed against the criteria set out below:

Essential Attributes:

  • To be active in UK NHS clinical practice (or to have been so within the last two years)
  • To hold (or have held within two years) a relevant educational or academic role in the field of GP education.
  • To be a Member or Fellow of the RCGP in good standing.
  • An understanding of, and commitment to, GP training and assessment in the UK, and in particular a good working knowledge of WPBA in general practice and a clear understanding of the standard required of the candidates/trainees for independent practice as a GP in the UK.
  • Knowledge and understanding of the delivery of WPBA across the four nations.
  • Good organisational and planning skills, with an ability to reliably meet deadlines
  • Good verbal, communication and negotiating skills and an ability to engage with stakeholders of all levels.
  • Ability to work in a team, supporting a common goal.
  • Flexibility and responsiveness to feedback and training, with an ability to listen and be challenged by others, and to implement change.
  • Self-motivated, committed and enthusiastic.
  • Confident and competent with IT, including familiarity with Microsoft Office.
  • Awareness of the impact of differential attainment within postgraduate medical education and assessment
  • An interest in developing guidance and supporting materials for GP Training.

Desirable Attributes:

  • Understanding of assessment theory in relation to workplace & portfolio assessment.
  • An understanding of the Annual Review of Competency Progression (ARCP) process.
  • Experience of, and interest, in writing papers for publication.

How to apply

Either click the “Apply button” and upload a CV and cover letter, or send a CV and a Covering letter (no more than 500 words) directly to by the closing date.


Interviews for the role will take place on 19 July. 


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