Competency is an observable measure that demonstrates not only the ability to perform a skill to a required standard of practice but involves the consistent and committed application of knowledge to ensure repeated procedures are similarly to this expected level. In competency assessment appropriate evidence is collected upon which professional judgements are made that reflect the meeting of required standards of practice and knowledge levels. It is the assessor’s responsibility to collect this evidence and upon evaluation conclude whether the achievement of competency has been established.
Specific resources are needed to not only detail the expected standards of competency that are required but also to document and provide evidence in relation to the assessment undertaken and achieved outcome. The Medication Management Competency Assessment System is designed to meet the needs of Residential Aged Care Facilities in accordance with assessing the competency of staff aligned to medicine administration and management. The system has been developed in accordance with legislative and regulatory requirements as well as professional standards and guidelines, with appropriate references provided for further review and reflection.
Overview – Resources for Medication Competency Assessment
Pathways medication competency assessment system includes the following resources:
- Competency Assessment Policy and procedure – these are the foundations for the competency assessment system and cover all competency practices within the organisation.
- The medication competency assessment tools are made of three parts including:
- Competency Standard (CS) – Presents an overview of the area of competence that is to be assessed, including the assessment environment and any related professional, legislative or statutory guidelines that need to be maintained.
- Practical Competency Assessment Guidelines (CAG) – Detail the expected competency that is to be achieved throughout the assessment area, including the individual elements that must be met by the participant in order for a judgement of competence to be made. Guidelines are reflective of the required performance standards of relevant legislative and regulatory authorities, as well as organisation performance requirements.
- Practical Competency Assessment Form (CAF) – This is the documentation on which individual recording and reporting of the competency assessment outcomes are documented by an Assessor.
- For each of the medication competency assessment guidelines there is a library of competency assessment resources that provides suggested tools to assess the knowledge and attitude (commitment) to the elements contained within the assessment form. These include case studies and scenarios that can be easily completed in a mock setup in the workplace.
- A range of competency assessment tools for specific modes of administration including injections. This enables performance management of staff following a medicine incident (involving a particular mode of medicine administration) or where staff were unfamiliar with some of the different medicine modes.
- Learning Review Workbook Resources – These are used to assess the knowledge and understanding of related competency areas as well as evaluate skills in accordance with a range of scenarios and different settings. Different assessment methodologies are used in the workbooks including multiple choice, true or false, case studies and short answer questions. Answer guides assist the assessor in reviewing and marking the learning review resources, as well as ensuring conformity across the organisation. These are available for Registered Nurses and Enrolled Nurses and a separate book for Personal Carers.