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Update to the Part 2 Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE)

Dear Colleague,

You will be aware that the new Test of Competence is being introduced in August 2021.  The existing Test of Competence will continue to be used for some time to allow candidates who have started their assessment under that route to complete their test.  As part of the ongoing maintenance of the test, some updates have been made to the Part 2 Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE): - new scenarios and skills will be introduced from Monday 14th June.

The following new materials will be introduced:

  • Adult nursing scenario (APIE): Fall and fracture
  • Children’s nursing scenario (APIE): Post-tonsillectomy bleed
  • Midwifery scenario (APIE): Post-natal visit
  • Adult nursing skill station: Fine bore nasogastric tube insertion
  • Adult nursing skill station: Visual infusion phlebitis (VIP) assessment and intravenous cannula flush
  • Adult nursing skill station: Pressure ulcer assessment

We are pleased to let you know that test supporting materials have been updated by all three test centres.

Updates have been made to:

  • Adult nursing marking criteria: - to include marking criteria for the three new skills stations
  • Candidate information booklet: - to include information about the three new skills stations

There are also two new forms which you may want to refer to which are available in the Nursing and Midwifery Fields section of this website.

Please note that the pressure ulcer assessment marking criteria does not follow the evidence set out in the Royal Marsden.  For this station you should refer to the evidence base given here:

Healthcare Improvement Scotland. (2019). Braden Risk Assessment chart. Retrieved January 2021.

http://www.healthcareimprovementscotland.org/programmes/patient_safety/tissue_viability_resources/braden_risk_assessment_tool.aspx

The test supporting materials are available in the Nursing and Midwifery Fields section of this website. We review these documents regularly, so please check this website to ensure that you are using the latest version.