Assessors do not need to have prior knowledge of a trainee when completing a WPBA, but they should be a Consultant, Specialty Trainee, Associate Specialist, or Senior Nurse, Psychologist/Allied Health Professional (AHP) or Social Worker who feels confident to assess the case.
For CT1/ST1-CT3/ST3 trainees; nurses, psychologists/Allied Health Professionals (AHPs) and social workers at band 7 or equivalent (e.g., grade 9 for social workers) can be assessors.
For ST4-ST6 trainees; nurses, psychologists/AHPs and social workers at band 8 or equivalent (e.g., grade 10 for social workers) can be assessors.
CT1/ST1-CT3/ST3 trainees cannot assess each other, and ST4-6 trainees cannot assess each other but ST4-ST6 trainees can assess core trainees.
Trainees should try and use a range of different assessors (ideally a different one for each assessment).
As always, we would recommend that trainees check with their Psychiatric Supervisor if they are unsure about the suitability of a particular assessor.