HOW DO YOU ASSESS CLINICAL COMPETENCE IN A REAL WORLD SETTING?
An objective structured clinical examination (OSCE) is a modern type of examination which is increasing being used by health science education organisations. And the Portable Partitions Company has gained invaluable expertise in this growing area of health education.
The OSCE is designed to test a candidate’s clinical performance and competence in skills such as communication, clinical examination, medical procedures as well as the rapid evaluation and interpretation of results.
It is a hands-on, real-world approach to learning that keeps examinees engaged, allows them to understand the key factors that drive the medical decision-making process, and challenges them to be innovative and improve the efficiency of decision-making.
Sounds like the perfect means of assessing the next generation of medical professionals as they progress through their learning. But how can a multi faceted OSCE be facilitated in a real world setting without compromising the day to day operations of the NHS?
To help solve this King’s College London turned to the Portable Partitions Company to assist them in creating a real-world, if temporary, clinical environment within London’s Olympia exhibition hall venue.
And they are not the only medical school turning to our expertise and products to create the right OSCE environment. Warwick Medical School have also been using our acoustic portable screens to help create the right setting for their students to learn the essential clinical excellence they’ll need once qualified.
Using products such as our Room Divider 360 and Modular Wall, which benefit from acoustic absorption performance, the Portable Partitions Company have been installing temporary OSCE facilities since 2011 on a hire basis. Installations have varied from requirements of thirty to over two hundred units.
Operationally the challenge is to ensure the set up meets the exact requirements of the clinical assessment team and allows for the smooth flow of dozens of medical students as they move from one structured setting to the next.
“Its like a military operation” comments Portable Partitions Company Sales Director Alex Ayres. “We have to ensure the products are on site and set up to the exact specification the evening prior to the OSCE. The products need to offer privacy, sound absorption and enable flexible use of the space available. They also need to be quick to remove as the space required for the OSCE is often needed for other purposes immediately after, or the cost of renting the required space so expensive. Everything needs to be off site within a matter of hours so the area can revert back to its usual function.”
The Portable Partitions Company offers a range of products, available for hire or purchase, which are perfect for this demanding requirement. To view our range of products and to obtain a hire quote visit our online hire shop now. Or if you are looking to purchase you can visit our store.