Assessment of Advanced Pain Medicine Trainees


The final criteria for the completion of Advanced training in Pain Medicine require the trainee to have successfully completed: 

  • 4 x A-Cex (one per quarter)
  • 4 x CbD (one per quarter)
  • 6 x DOPS
  • 1 x MSF Assessment Form & Summary  to be completed in the first half of training, and repeated if unsatisfactory
  • Logbook to be reviewed at quarterly reviews1
  • Quarterly Assessment/Review (appraisal) with the Local Pain Medicine Educational Supervisor (LPMES)

All assessments are carried out in the training centre(s). It is the responsibility of the LPMES to nominate assessors2 suitable for Advanced Pain Medicine training, and it is the responsibility of the trainee to contact the assessor to arrange a date and time for the assessment.

All completed assessments will be recorded on the e-portfolio, or kept in the trainees written portfolio, and will be available for review by the ARCP panel, and the RAPM on request. For candidates who have not yet transferred to the e-portfoliogeneric RCoA WPBA and MSF tools can be found here.

In the case of a candidate performing unsatisfactorily, the assessment should be discussed with the LPMES and/or assessor. Repeated unsatisfactory assessments should be discussed with the LPMES and the RAPM (Regional Advisor in Pain Medicine). 



The Faculty have produced the following guidance for LPMESs and Trainees undertaking WPBAs:



The logbook should be forwarded to the RAPM by the end of month 11. The competency check form should be completed during month 12 and forwarded to the RAPM. The RAPM and trainee should have a meeting at the end of month 12. It is expected that the RAPM will closely supervise training and assessment, and meet at regular intervals with the trainee.


Assessment for FFPMRCA

Fellowship of the Faculty of Pain Medicine requires the trainee to pass the FFPMRCA Examination. Further details can be found on our Membership page.


[1] Trainees are advised to make summary sheets at each quarterly review, so that cumulative experience can be judged

[2] Assessors should be career grade doctors (Consultants or SAS grades) in Pain Medicine – with appropriate local training as clinical supervisors and the use of WPBAs.

[3] Candidates currently in training who have completed WPBAs with the forms previously on this site should move to the generic ones, but DO NOT have to repeat assessments already completed.