Article Text

Download PDFPDF
Scouting out competencies
  1. Olaf Plori,
  2. Simon Carley,
  3. Bernard Foex
  1. Manchester Royal Infirmary, Manchester, UK
  1. Correspondence to:
 O Plori
 c/o Emergency Department, Manchester Royal Infirmary, Oxford Road, Manchester M13 9WL, UK; olaf.plori{at}


Objective: To communicate competencies to other healthcare professionals in the emergency department (ED) setting.

Method: A system of competency badges has been developed that are awarded to junior doctors as and when they complete a structured skills assessment.

Results: Early assessment suggests that the merit badge system has great potential benefits to ED management. Junior doctors are motivated to complete skills assessments and thereby to obtain the relevant badge. Merit badges allow a rapid communication of attained skills to all healthcare professionals in the ED setting. The department will be fully compliant with the system by 1 April 2008.

Conclusion: A competency badge system may aid ED management and promote skills-based learning in the ED.

Statistics from

Request Permissions

If you wish to reuse any or all of this article please use the link below which will take you to the Copyright Clearance Center’s RightsLink service. You will be able to get a quick price and instant permission to reuse the content in many different ways.


  • Competing interests: None declared.