A CAT is a Care Assessment Tool. It is a workplace-based assessment that is used to record a trainee’s ability in any of the capabilities, and can be any one of a variety of different types of assessment tools including the Case Based Discussion (CbD).
Below are suggested events that may be assessed as CATs, with details of the preparation required in advance, the content of the assessment, the Capabilities that may be assessed and the recording required.
A minimum of 4 CbDs are required for both ST1 and 2, and a minimum of 5 CATs (which can include CbDs) by the end of ST3.
Suggested CAT formats
- Case based discussion (CbD)
- Random case review
- Leadership activities
- Prescribing assessment follow up
- Consultation assessments - which are not COTs
- Referrals review
- Other e.g. debriefs, review of investigation or imaging use, follow up of QIP. (please describe)
For more information about each format, please go to the RCGP website.
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