The President of BOTA (Simon Fleming) attended this meeting and the hot topics were as follows
Enhanced Visual Representation
A new. Much more functional demo was shown of the possibility of using a new way to demonstrate how a trainee is progressing with their WBAs.
Initially there was a concern that it failed the “so what” test but actually, as demonstrated here, if one area has lots of yellow or grey, one “ring” after another, then it can highlight an area for development. It is felt this will actually be especially useful when looking at MSFs
There was an interesting talk delivered on the potential need to develop a new WBA to assess competency more effectively, especially with the coming EPAs (Entrustable Professional Activities). This work will start soon, but BOTA made it clear that the goal should be to create something novel, quick to complete and trainee/trainer friendly, to avoid creating another “tick box” assessment tool that added nothing and took ages!