Clinical Assessment

Clinical Training

Clinical training posts facilitate workplace hands on service learning and exploration in a range of training environments providing the opportunity for the trainee to develop, with supervision, the requisite experience, knowledge, skills and attributes necessary to become a competent independent specialist neurosurgeon. Clinical training posts are accredited in accordance with the Training Post Accreditation Regulations.  Each clinical training post has an allocated supervisor, satisfying the requirements in the Training Post Accreditation Regulations.

Trainees are allocated to accredited training posts by a Training Post Committee appointed by the Board of Neurosurgery for each year of their Training Program. Trainees will rotate through a minimum of four training units with accredited clinical training posts during their Training Program to ensure they receive a wide exposure to systems, supervisors and case mixes.  This will ordinary include at least one clinical training post in a different jurisdiction requiring a move interstate or between Australia and New Zealand. 

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Professional Performance Assessment

The standards in the Professional Performance Assessment Report are the minimum standards the Board expects trainees to have prior to entering the Training Program.  These minimum standards must be maintained or exceeded at all times during the Training Program. Completion of the Professional Performance Assessment Report, on the prescribed form, must be undertaken quarterly during each year of training as part of the Training Program (all training levels) or more frequently where requested by the Board Chair or where the supervisor identifies unsatisfactory performance. The trainee and the supervisor should have a meeting to discuss the Professional Performance Assessment Report which is completed by the supervisor.  Further details are available the in the Training Program Regulations.

The due dates for the Professional Performance Assessment Reports for the 2017 training year are as follows:

  • 15 May 2017
  • 15 August 2017
  • 15 November 2017
  • 15 February 2018

Download the Professional Performance Assessment Report here
Download the Training Program Regulations here

Operative Experience Assessment

Appropriately supervised operative experience obtained during clinical training, including good case mixes and caseloads, are essential learning opportunities for trainees to acquire the necessary technical skills and expertise to practice as an independent neurosurgical consultant.  Trainees must maintain an operative experience log of all procedures they participate in as part of the Training Program in accredited training posts. A logbook summary report must be submitted at the end of each six-month clinical training period and must be verified by the surgical supervisor as an accurate record.  Further details including guidelines for completing the logbook summary report are available in the Training Program Regulations.

The training requirements relating to operative experience are as follows:

  • All trainees must participate in a minimum of 80 major neurosurgical procedures for each six months (each logbook summary report)
  • Basic Trainees must participate in a minimum of 200 major neurosurgical operative procedures during Basic Neurosurgical Training; and
  • Intermediate Trainees must participate in a minimum of 800 major neurosurgical operative procedures during Intermediate Neurosurgical Training of which a minimum 50 must be major paediatric neurosurgical cases; and
  • Advanced Trainees must participate in a minimum of 200 major neurosurgical operative procedures during Advanced Neurosurgical Training of which at minimum of 100 must be as primary surgeon

The due dates for the Operative Logbook Summary Report for the 2017 training year are as follows:

  • 15 August 2017 (for the first six months)
  • 15 February 2018 (for the second six months)

Download the Operative Logbook Summary Report here
Download the Training Program Regulations here

Neurosurgical Competency Assessment

The Neurosurgical Competency Assessment Report (Competency Report) is focused on the workplace application of the necessary knowledge, skills and behaviours for the Training Program. There are 2 Foundational Competencies and 23 Core Competencies within the Competency Report which are some common examples and are not an exhaustive list. Completion of the Competency Report, on the prescribed form, must be undertaken half yearly during each year of training as part of the Training Program. Further details are available in the Training Program Regulations.

The training requirements relating to the Competency Report are as follows:

  • Trainees must be assessed as competent in the 2 Foundational Competencies and any 4 Core Competencies at the conclusion of Basic Neurosurgical Training.
  • Trainees must be assessed as competent in the 2 Foundational competencies and any 16 Core Competencies at the conclusion of Intermediate Neurosurgical Training.
  • Trainees must be assessed as competent in the 2 Foundational Competencies and the 23 Core Competencies at the conclusion of Advanced Neurosurgical Training.

Recognising that trainees can deskill for a number of reasons during their Training Program, the most recent Competency Report submitted, where the procedure is assessed, will be used.

The due dates for the Competency Report for the 2017 training year are as follows:

  • 15 August 2017 (for the first six months)
  • 15 February 2018 (for the second six months)

Download the Competency Report here
Download the Training Program Regulations here