One of the purposes of recording activities is so that trainees can use them to demonstrate competency against the curriculum they are following.
Each competency in the curriculum describes the knowledge skills and attitudes demonstrated through behaviour.
In order to thoroughly demonstrate competency, a trainee should use more than one source of evidence. This is known as triangulation. The key is for trainees to select a few good examples of competency, rather than mapping many different activities that may only be loosely related.
A trainee's portfolio has a portfolio card; a visualisation that shows a summary of a trainee's portfolio. Viewing the portfolio card, one can quickly see how much of the curriculum has evidence mapped to it. It not only shows how many competencies a trainee has covered, but it also shows how many activities a trainee has mapped.
The example above shows that this trainee has activities mapped against 7 of the 23 available competencies in the General Psychiatry curriculum.
The progress bar then breaks down this coverage further to show how many activities are mapped.
- 3 competencies have 2 activities mapped
- 4 competencies have just one activity mapped
- 16 competencies do not have any activities mapped to them.
This trainee doesn't have any competencies with 3 or more activities mapped to them. If they did, this section of the progress bar would be dark blue.
The progress bar is fully interactive. By clicking on the orange section, you can see exactly which 8 competencies do not have activities mapped to them. This information could be used to help a trainee develop their PDP.
Mapping through a Personal Development Plan (PDP)
It is possible to map activities to competencies through PDP items (this is the default view) or directly to the curriculum itself.
Activities can only be mapped to a trainee'e current PDP items.
Regardless of how an activity is mapped, it will be shown against the competency or competencies selected when viewing curriculum coverage.