DOPS (Directly Observed Procedural Skills) is a structured checklist for assessing practical procedures. DOPS is another doctor-patient observed encounter.
- Two observed procedures are suggested per placement.
- Different observers/assessors should be used for each encounter, wherever possible
- Observers/assessors may be Consultants, Resident Specialists, GP specialists, HSTs, BSTs, suitable nurses or allied health professionals with expertise in the procedure.
Each DOPS should represent a different procedure, sampling from the acute care skills listed in Section 3 of the Curriculum, or from procedures specific to the specialty. The foundation doctor chooses the timing, procedure and observer/assessor. Observers/assessors may also carry out unscheduled assessments.
Detailed guidance for trainees and assessors may be found in the login area of this website