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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.

Watch a training video on DOPS

Detailed guidance for trainees and assessors may be found in the login area of this website

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