Mini-Pat - seeing who has responded?Answered
I'm just wondering why we cannot see who has and has not completed the mini-PAT? I know that we can send reminder emails to those who haven't but it would be much easier if we could see this on the portfolio then we can remind those who haven't in person, rather than sending emails which are more easily ignored. This was the case in my foundation portfolio (Horus) so I am not sure why this information should be kept from us?
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The mini-PAT assessment is confidential and in order to ensure confidentiality we cannot disclose which assessors have completed mini-PAT forms.
I do understand that, but we end up hassling all our colleagues, even those who have already responded; is there any way the College/iportfolio could selectively send reminders to those who haven't yet responded. (In a way that we don't see so confidentiality is retained..)0
Absolutely. The system is designed so that if you use the 'send reminders' button, then only those who have not responded will be sent an e-mail. Similarly, if a trainee attempts to send an individual reminder to an assessor who has completed the form, then the system will silently ignore this.0
Hi, I note the reply to my question, thanks - however please could you explain the confidentiality aspect further? When I was a foundation doctor using the Horus portfolio, we were able to see who had replied to the TAB (the FY equivalent of the mini-PAT), I have checked with my current FY colleagues who confirm this is still the case, so I just wondering what the difference is?
The mini-PAT assessment implemented on Portfolio Online is in line with the College's guidelines.
As to the reason why the mini-PAT has been designed this way, I would have to speak with colleagues at the College to get a definitive answer.
If you could bear with me I'll get back to you soon!
I have spoken with colleagues at the College. The online mini-PAT replaced a paper mini-PAT which was already in existence. This assessment was the product of research which concluded that by not disclosing who has completed a mini-PAT to a trainee, responses are more reliable.
Whilst we do not disclose to a trainee who has responded to a mini-PAT, this does not mean that the responses are anonymous. If a trainee has any concerns about the legitimacy of any comments or ratings, the trainee can raise these. An ideal time for this would be in the face-to-face feedback session with the educational supervisor.
One step a trainee can take to help mitigate issues with assessors not completing a mini-PAT is to check with them in advance of nominating that they are both willing and available to complete the assessment in the time required.
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