HPAC (Health Professional Assessment Consultancy) is a consortium of experts
in health professions education who undertake consultancies in a number of areas, especially
assessment and examinations at undergraduate and postgraduate level.
26 & 27th October 2017, Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologist (RCOG), 27 Sussex Place, Regent's Park, London, NW1 4RG
This course is for people involved in assessment, at both undergraduate and postgraduate medical education levels, who wish to broaden their perspective and deepen their understanding of specific areas of assessment
We offer advice on design and implementation of systems of quality assurance, for whole programmes of healthcare education at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels, as well as specific targeted areas such as assessment.
In 2016, HPAC were commissioned by the General Medical Council of the UK to provide expert advice on identifying key principles for consistency and reliability in curricula and assessment frameworks. This piece of work informed the GMC's SCAR (Standards in Curriculum and Assessment Review), and the publication in May 2017, of their document "Excellence by design: standards for postgraduate curricula"
Assessment Advisor, Evaluation Bureau at the Medical Council of Canada (MCC)
We organise and conduct annual Assessment Courses at two levels,
to promote best assessment practice and enhance assessment literacy worldwide.
So far, over 1500 people have attended our courses, with excellent evaluation and high impact.
Assessment Masterclass for Health Professional Educators
This annual course is conducted in London for people with an interest in undergraduate and postgraduate medical education who want a comprehensive foundation in the theory and practice of good assessment. Fundamental assessment theories are explored and hands-on experience.
This unique annual course includes faculty who are internationally recognised experts on a range of areas of assessment coming from across the UK, Canada, the Netherlands, Singapore and the USA, to share their knowledge and skills in key plenaries and a wide choice of workshops.
Feedback from the participants have been very positive. They commented that your sessions were thought provoking and stimulating.
Dr Dujeepa D Samarasekera
Director, Centre for Medical Education (CenMED) NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine
This was on the whole a really good course and I found it very interesting, informative and enjoyable.
The international plenary/faculty were excellent.
A satisfied participant of SIAAC
An excellent course, covering a wide range of topics presented by experts in the field. The course was extremely valuable and very enjoyable.
A satisfied participant of SIAAC
Prof Katharine Boursicot
Katharine Boursicot BSc MBBS MRCOG MAHPE NTF SFHEA FRSM, Director, Health Professional Assessment Consultancy graduated from the University of London with an Honours BSc in Anatomy and MBBS from the Medical College of St Bartholomew's Hospital and went onto train in Obstetrics and Gynaecology in London, Dublin and Hong Kong then worked as a Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist at St Thomas' and St Bartholomew's and Homerton Hospitals in London for eight years, with an Honorary Senior Lecturer position at Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry.
With an increasing interest in medical education, Katharine studied at the Institute of Education in London and was awarded a distinction in her Masters in Higher and Professional Education. As a full time medical educationalist, has gained experience and expertise in medical education and has led the reform of assessment at the undergraduate medical schools at Bart's and the London, Cambridge University and St George's University of London. In 2007, Katharine was awarded a UK Higher Education Academy National Teaching Fellowship, in recognition for her influence in raising standards and dissemination of evidence-based good practice in medical education in the UK and internationally.
Katharine was the Treasurer for the Association for the Study of Medical Education (ASME) for six years and chaired the Board of Management of the prestigious journal Medical Education. She also founded an annual conference dedicated to medical education research, which is now in its 8th year. In recognition of her outstanding contribution to ASME, she was awarded the President's Medal in 2013.
She has published her research in the leading medical education journals and is an Associate Editor for the journals Advances in Health Sciences Education, BioMedCentral and is a regular reviewer for Medical Education, Medical Teacher, the BMJ, the Clinical Teacher, Higher Education Quarterly and Assessment and Evaluation in Higher Education. She is the Series Editor for the Oxford University Press companion volumes to their Handbooks of Medicine series, with six volumes published and another three in press (Oxford Assess and Progress series).
Katharine has been invited to advise on numerous national and international initiatives including the Royal Medical Colleges in the UK, the Colleges of Medicine of South Africa, the Association of Veterinary Schools in the UK, the General Medical Council, the General Dental Council, the Osteopathic Regulator, the Lawyers Regulatory Council, the Arab Board of Postgraduate Examinations, the National Assessment Group of Switzerland, the IDEAL Consortium, and has held visiting Professorships at the University of Hong Kong and the University of Amman, Jordan.
Professor Richard Fuller
Richard Fuller graduated MBChB from Leeds School of Medicine, returning to read his higher degree in Leeds whilst undertaking higher specialist training in Geriatric Medicine. His current role as a clinical academic is split between clinical work as Consultant Stroke Physician (with special interest in anticoagulation and Atrial Fibrillation) and as Director of Undergraduate Education at Leeds Institute of Medical Education. He is responsible for directing the MBChB degree programme, leading it through a significant and successful review that has produced an innovative and highly integrated curriculum.
His main research interests focus on assessment, particularly in relation to assessment frameworks and the quality measurement and improvement of criterion based assessment. He leads the Assessment Research Group within the Institute, supervising a number of research students looking at diverse areas such as psychosocial frameworks of assessor decision making, impact of national examinations and student anxiety within performance assessment. His current research focuses on the validity of workplace based assessment formats, assessor behaviours, mobile technology delivered assessment and the impact of sequential testing methodologies.
He publishes and presents regularly with colleagues in Leeds, and is a faculty member at a number of key assessment courses. He holds a number of national advisory roles, including acting as an assessment expert for the General Medical Council - and undertakes a range of advisory and developmental work in relation to curriculum, senior faculty development and assessment for a number of international institutions.
Dr John Patterson
John Patterson was formerly Associate Dean for Undergraduate Medical Studies and Head of MBBS Assessment at Bart's and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry. Since early retirement, he has become an independent medical assessment consultant, providing workshops, assessment advice and analyses for a various HEIs, postgraduate colleges and regulatory bodies. Areas of particular interest include: good assessment design, item writing, standard setting methodologies and the production and interpretation of test and item statistics.
Professor Trudie Roberts
Professor Roberts graduated from Manchester with a degree in Medicine and a BSc in Anatomy. She undertook her early medical training in Manchester and her research in Manchester and the Karolinska Institute in Sweden. In 1995 she was appointed Senior Lecturer in Transplant Immunology at the University of Manchester.
In 2000 she was appointed Professor of Medical Education at the University of Leeds. She was awarded a National Teaching Fellowship in 2006. In 2009 she was appointed Director of the Leeds Institute of Medical Education. She was a council member of the General Medical Council from 2009 until 2012 and Chair of the Association for the Study of Medical Education until July 2013. She was a council member and Censor for the Royal College of Physicians of London. In September 2013 she took over as President of the Association for Medical Education in Europe. Professor Roberts's main interests and expertise are in the areas of assessment of competence, professionalism, and transitions in training and education.
She is married to a surgeon, has two children and dreams of owning a Subaru WRX.
Dr Sydney Smee
Dr. Smee is currently the Assessment Advisor in the Evaluation Bureau of the Medical Council of Canada where she focuses on the continuous improvement of the Council's high stakes, multi-site OSCEs. As well, she is working with the National Assessment Collaboration on a pan-Canadian initiative to develop tools for selection and the workplace-based assessment of candidates for practice-ready decisions.
She has presented and published on the evolution of the Medical Council's Qualifying Examination Part II in a variety of forums and has consulted with other national organizations who have implemented an OSCE for licensure; including the Swiss Clinical Skills Examination consortium and the national OSCE committee in Taiwan. She delivers workshops on OSCE case writing and scoring approaches at universities and conferences in Canada and internationally.
Prior to joining the MCC, she worked with standardized patient programs, first at McMaster University and then at the University of Massachusetts. She received her doctorate from the University of Ottawa in Education with a special interest in Testing and Measurement in 2007. Her current research interests include the development of OSCE cases that present more complex and authentic challenges to test takers and exploring innovative approaches to scoring that go beyond the traditional checklist.
David Sales is chair of the GMC Curriculum Advisory Group and Assessment Consultant to the Royal College of Physicians Knowledge Based Assessments. He graduated from the University College Hospital Medical School. After completing his Vocational Training for General Practice David became a GP trainer through which he developed an interest in medical assessment. David was convenor of the MRCGP machine markable knowledge test for 7 years and later was appointed as RCGP assessment fellow to lead on the development of the 'new' MRCGP that included introducing the new Clinical Skills Assessment. David was also the Chair of the PLAB Part 1 knowledge examination and from 2006 -2015 worked as a consultant to the Academic Centre for Medical Education at UCL running their item writing workshops for the GMC Fitness to Practise knowledge tests of competence across all medical and surgical specialties.
Apart from the GMC, RCP & RCGP David has run item writing workshops for a number of UK undergraduate medical schools including Peninsula, Guy's King's & Thomas's, UCL & Royal Free and SGUL and for medical royal colleges' postgraduate examinations including the MRCS, MRCPsych, Membership of the Faculty of Dental Surgery, FRCA, MRCOG and Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare and internationally for MRCGP International in South and South East Asia.
Along with Kathy Boursicot he is the Series Co-editor for the Oxford Assess and Progress series (OUP) and has worked with Kathy on writing workshops for the Colleges of Medicine of South Africa and in 2017 at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm.
David's journal publications relate to the use of computers for assessment in medicine, development of tailored testing, blueprinting for clinical performance and with David Swanson and Alison Sturrock on Machine Markable Knowledge Testing.