The minimum requirement of Work-place Based Assessments is an estimate of the minimum number of WPBAs that are likely to be needed to ensure broad coverage of a curriculum. Minimum requirements vary depending on training level and specialty and can be found in the curricula on the Royal College of Psychiatrist's website. Many trainees will require more than the minimum stated. None will require fewer.
Trainees should note that educational supervisors are best-placed to advise trainees about workplace-based assessments and how they contribute to a portfolio of evidence which demonstrates developing competence. The need to evidence a particular competence should drive which WPBA is chosen rather than the other way around. Educational supervisors will draw attention to trainees who leave all their assessments to the ‘last minute’ or who appear satisfied that they have completed the minimum necessary.
Royal College of Psychiatrists (2017) A Competency based Curriculum for Specialist Core Training in Psychiatry: Core Training in Psychiatry CT1-3. Royal College of Psychiatrists (https://www.rcpsych.ac.uk/docs/default-source/training/curricula-and-guidance/curricula-core-psychiatry-curriculum-april-2018.pdf?sfvrsn=881b63ca_2)
Samuel P. Dearman, Adam B. Joiner. Samantha Abbott, Damian Longson (2014) Passing the ARCP: Successful portfolio-based learning. Royal College of Psychiatrists