The aim of this project was to explore the possibilities of replacing a paper-based system of capturing clinical procedural skills in the undergraduate medicine programme, for students in their clinical years of study from year 3 – 5. To develop the Clinical Skills Passport the team needed to identify a tool for students that was accessible both offline and online, and that students could use on their mobile devices to record their activities. This coincided with the institutional license procurement of PebblePad. The pilot group of students were empowered to be trail blazers in terms of introducing innovative approaches to what was potentially known as a very ‘old school’ process. A full evaluation resulted in an agreement to roll out the resource across all clinical years in readiness for the academic year 2020/21. By September 2020 there will be approximately 1200 medical students using the electronic clinical skills passport to capture digital observed practice sign-off across all placement trusts associated with Birmingham Medical School. The case study outlines their approach to implementation and engagement with users and stakeholders, the results and lessons learned.
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