Preparing for Stage One visits

To prepare for your Stage One visit:

  • Make sure you have watched our Introduction to the Scheme video.
  • Study the competencies that will be assessed in your next visit, including the evidence required and the indicators. You can see these on assessment frameworks in each visit section.
  • Your assessor will contact you through the Scheme for Registration section in your My College area. This is where you can see the date and time of your upcoming visit. 
  • In order for a visit to take place you must accept the visit by logging in to your My College area. Once the visit has taken place you must confirm this by pressing the orange ‘Confirm visit’ button. This will ensure you can progress to the next part of the Scheme.
  • Arrange to complete any witness testimonies with one of your supervisors.
  • Complete any reflective accounts.
  • Ensure your logbook and reflective portfolio are up-to-date.
  • Complete and upload your assessment framework, visit plan, logbook, witness testimonies and reflective accounts to your assessor a week before the visit.
  • If you have anonymised patient records, also send through the anonymised patient record supervisor declaration form.
  • If it is visit two, three or four, read the action plan from your previous visit.
  • Make sure your supervisor knows the time and date of your visit, and that they have completed your supervisor review scores.

To prepare for a remote visit:

  • Find a quiet space to complete the assessment. This can be in your practice or at home.
  • Make sure you have access to a computer or tablet with a camera.
  • Have a form of photo ID ready for your assessor.
  • Make sure you have all your documentation needed for your remote visit, ready to share with your assessor.
  • You will be required to sign a declaration when returning your visit plan to your assessor that you will not cheat or engage in misconduct, and that you will not record or share elements of your assessment with others.
  • You will be required to sign a separate declaration when submitting a Reflective Account, declaring that it is all your own work and has not been plagiarised. These will be regularly and randomly sampled by assessors and senior assessors.
  • Make sure your supervisor is available to join at the end of your visit for assessor feedback.

You will need to confirm that you are alone in the room. If appropriate, you can use your camera to show that you are alone.

You must keep your camera on at all times. If you deliberately turn off your camera without prior agreement, your assessor has the right to terminate your assessment.

To prepare for a face-to-face visit:

  • Ensure you have sufficient PPE to wear throughout your visit. Check current guidance on PPE.
  • You must also have sufficient PPE for your assessor, as required by your place of work, and College guidance.
  • Ensure that you follow all local guidance and infection control guidelines for members of staff at your practice during the visit.
  • If you display symptoms of COVID-19 ahead of a Stage One face-to-face visit, you must follow government advice on self-isolation, and let your assessor and the College know as soon as possible. 
  • If you need to cancel and rearrange a visit at short notice due to COVID-19, and can provide evidence of this, then there will be no additional charge.

The following public health guidance continues to apply:

  • Regular asymptomatic lateral flow device testing, as recommended by your nation's health system.

Changes to Stage One from 1 July 2022

From 1 July 2022, there will be some small changes to how certain competencies are assessed at Stage One. See section 5.11 for further information and documentation.

For trainees who have enrolled before 1 July 2022:

  • If a competency has been assessed and not achieved your assessor will adhere to the action plan that was agreed between you, your supervisor and your assessor.
  • If a competency has not already been assessed before 1 July 2022 you will follow the new requirements for that competency.