This weekend (August 26th to 28th) a major international assessment conference will be taking place concurrently in Ottawa and Lyon. The theme of the conference is ‘Reimagining Assessment Across the Continuum’ and focuses predominantly on solutions for the health sector. The title of Axia’s oral presentation will be on the theme of the ‘The Use of Skills Passports/Mini-Credentials for Assessment and Planning’.
The presentation will demonstrate the diverse groups, for whom we have developed Passports in collaboration with different health bodies and suppliers to meet specific challenges.
The Critical Care Skills Passport was a collaboration with Health Education England to support professionals working in and reallocated to Intensive Care Wards, in the response to the Covid waves, to demonstrate their skills for that setting and have these assessed. The passport was developed in less than a month and has now been rolled out nationally and was short-listed for a National Nursing Award. A video that describes the implementation and adoption of the passport is available below.
The Microsurgery Skills Passport is a collaboration with the Innovation team at the University Hospitals in Coventry and Warwickshire, UK and has been designed to enable Microsurgeons demonstrate their skills by uploading videos of their work and setting this against a competency framework.
The TVLC Wound Care Passport was developed with the support of Urgo Medical and Professor Karen Ousey and Leanne Atkin of Huddersfield University and it enables nurses and other health professionals progressively demonstrate their skills in wound care.
In development is also a passport for the Saudi which is a partnership project with the Nursing and Midwifery Faculty of the Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland. The passport is available in English and Arabic.
Chris Peat the Chair of the company who is making the presentation comments that, ‘Skills Passports and Mini Credentials have long been recognised as an important assessment tool. For the individual health professional, they can demonstrate the specific advanced skills they have developed post qualification. From an organisational perspective it enables them to ensure that they have the right skills mix in their organisation so that they can respond to workforce challenges. Presenting the passports digitally is a major contributor to their widespread adoption.’
The key benefits of the Skills Passports developed by Axia Digital.
- Fully mobile enabled.
- Reflect fully the content of the existing assessment for a credential.
- A passport can be delivered quickly if required using a tried and tested technical architecture.
- The passports are highly intuitive and do not require training to use.
- Contribute to workforce planning by enabling individuals to demonstrate the specific skills they have and have these assessed.
- Enable a passport to be presented in different languages