How to Assess

Next Course

The next “how to assess” course is due to be held from Thursday 20 to Friday 21 April 2017 in Dublin, Ireland.

N.B. Courses can be cancelled up to two months in advance of the course subject to low attendance, so we advise you do not book your travel until after this time.  We also advise you take out travel insurance.


The venue for the course is:

Royal College of Surgeon’s in Ireland
RCSI Reservoir House
Ballymoss Road
Dublin 18

Who Should Attend

The course is directed towards teachers of health professionals (for example medical students, nurses, physiotherapists, doctors) who wish to explore the underlying principles and practicalities of assessment in communication. It is suitable for teachers of a variety of experience of assessment. However, please note this course is not about detailed psychometrics. This course does not cover the psychometrics of assessments in depth and if this is your interest we suggest you look for other courses

“Assessment” Course

The “assessment” course will be highly interactive and participant centred. It will be facilitated by experienced teachers from the teaching committee of the European Association of Communication in Healthcare. The proceedings will be held in English and as much as possible will accommodate participants for whom English is not their first language.

The primary focus of this two day, non-residential course will be on how to develop assessments suitable to the healthcare setting that the participant operates within. A particular feature of the course will be the opportunity for participants to gain first-hand experience and experiment with different assessment methods. The course will look at the importance of assessment, general assessment principles, formative versus summative assessment, the suitability of different methods to different assessment outcomes, the feasibility and costs of different formats, the use of simulated patients and video in assessment, OSCE assessment, workplace assessment, written assessment, basic psychometric requirements, and legal and ethical issues.


Accommodation is not included for this course and must be booked directly by the participant.

There is a hotel near the course venue, which is not in the city centre, but rather in a fairly industrial neighbourhood with just a few restaurants around. This hotel is The Beacon and rooms are €179.00 pp per night.

Many course participants will likely prefer to stay in the city centre and take the 18 minute tram journey to and from the course venue. There are many lodging options in the city centre lodging near the tram stop including:

Programme of Courses

tEACH, the teaching committee of the European Association of Communication in Healthcare, also runs 3 further courses:

  1. Curriculum Development in Communication Skills Teaching
  2. What to Teach in Communication Skills Teaching: Skills and Structure
  3. How to Teach: Experiential Communication Skills Teaching

Participants are welcome to attend all courses. Participants who are new to communication skills teaching are encouraged to attend in the order ‘what’, ‘experiential’, ‘curriculum’, ‘assessment’.