Association of Anatomical Pathology Technology


Do you want to assess APTs at L3 Diploma level?

Assessor Training Awareness Day: 22nd June 2017
10.00am – 16.15pm

Medical Education Centre 
Wrightington, Wigan & Leigh NHS Foundation Trust,
Wigan Lane,

Following the implementation of the RSPH Level 3 Diploma in Anatomical Pathology Technology and in response to feedback received from those APTs interested in becoming external assessors, the AAPT are now in a position to offer a fourth one day training awareness course in Level3 DIP APT External Assessment on Thursday 22nd June 2017.

Please complete the application form ASAP (places limited to 15) and return as this training will no doubt once again prove popular. 

Practical Assessment Training Days: 
Please note that you will also need be assessed for your own practical skills 

This can be completed on an ad hoc basis by contacting either: 

John Pitchers by email to complete the practical assessment in Bristol
Michelle Lancaster by email to complete the practical assessment in Stockton on Tees

What does an External Assessor do?
External assessors visit trainee APTs on the Level 3 Diploma APT course(s) in their home mortuaries. The role will include assessing the practical elements of the Level3 Dip in following areas:
• Unit APT3.6A: Assist with post mortem examinations
• Unit APT3.7 Preparation and operation of a mortuary
• Unit APT3.8 Prepare for post mortem examinations
• Unit APT3.9 Team working
• Unit APT3.11 Viewing of the deceased

Training centres will be responsible for employing the use of external assessors and AAPT assist in the facilitation of this process – in return external assessors will have all reasonable travel costs reimbursed. There are no additional payments associated with this role, much like the IBMS model of external assessment however; as an external assessor you will obviously be entitled to valuable CPD points and have the opportunity to assist in shaping the future role of the APT in a positive way by ensuring mortuary practical standards are high and maintained.

It is envisaged each Level3 Dip student will need no more than 1 or possibly 2 days of external assessment.
Assessors will be required in every region of the UK and a list of those who have qualified to become assessors will be held centrally by AAPT for centres to access.

Criteria for becoming an assessor:

• Qualified to current Certificate & Diploma level in APT with minimum 2 year experience at Diploma level and a member of the AAPT
• Completion of the one day External Assessor course AND Practical Assessment Course
• AHCS registered - guidance and support will be offered as part of the training day – (IBMS external assessors must be HCPC registered to assess BMS students - we need to be on par with their standards for credibility. Registration also covers training & development so is a great indication that an APT is actively participating in this area) 

Please note you do not need to be a mortuary manager / senior APT to be an external assessor, you just need to fit the criteria and be in a position to offer a commitment of 1 or 2 days per year to visit trainees to complete assessment in their workplace and all associated documentation so you will also need excellent verbal and written communication skills.

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