Using Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs) in speech and language therapy pre-registration clinical education

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Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs) are planned and structured assessments of clinical competence and established practice in medicine and nursing (Alinier, 2003). As performance assessments, they focus on what students can do rather than on theoretical knowledge (Harden, 1988). Students are expected to practice relevant clinical skills throughout placement, and are subsequently assessed on these in designated ‘stations’ demonstrating clinical competence in a specified time. This paper describes our approach to OSCEs in the assessment of clinical skills in pre-registration speech and language therapy (SLT) education.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 27 Sep 2017
EventRoyal College of Speech and Language Therapists Conference 2017: Maximising Impact - Glasgow, United Kingdom
Duration: 27 Sep 201728 Sep 2017


ConferenceRoyal College of Speech and Language Therapists Conference 2017
Abbreviated titleRCSLT 2017
CountryUnited Kingdom
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  • speech and language therapy
  • SLT
  • Objective Structured Clinical Examinations
  • OSCE
  • education
  • clinical skills

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