Quality assuring the clinical and professional skills assessment (CPSA)

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  2. Quality assuring the clinical and professional skills assessment CPSA
  3. Supporting medical schools

The CPSA for students at UK medical schools will be set by individual medical schools and quality assured by us, against a set of requirements. The purpose of the CPSA requirements is to allow us to check the quality, consistency and fairness of a school’s CPSA to ensure that it can count towards a student’s MLA.

The CPSA requirements have been developed in collaboration with medical schools and with the support of independent assessment experts. In particular, our dedicated CPSA discussions with medical schools in 2019 provided us with feedback and key themes and, throughout 2020, we worked on a pilot to test the CPSA requirements and develop our quality assurance processes. Details about the pilot and what we learned, can be found in the pilot report.

In order to support medical schools in meeting the requirements, we have prepared additional information and guidance on creating, preparing and submitting a return which is available to download below.

The requirements were first published in September 2019 and reissued in March 2021, as an annex to Assuring readiness for practice: a framework for the MLA.

CPSA downloads