Record of In-Training Assessment (RITA)
This is a brief summary aims to explain of the RITA process which (currently) every SpR has to undergo. With the changes of PMETB, MMC and also the evolving Intercollegiate Surgical Curriculum Project things may change, but we will update the information accordingly.
The Record of In-Training Assessment (RITA) aims to assess an individual SpR’s training so far against a set of pre-defined criteria, with the ultimate goal of obtaining a CCT.
RITA’s generally occur once a year, however, in your first year you may receive a RITA at 6 months. Beware! They also tend to occur in a particular week/month in the calendar…..excuses for absences are not acceptable.
The RITA panel will consist of the programme director and the senior consultants from within your region. There will also be variety of representatives from the college, the deanery and the Specialty Training Committee (STC).
During the RITA the panel will discuss your achievements in the preceding year and your future training requirements/objectives. You will also be asked about the merits of your current training post. The results of your RITA interview will be sent to the Royal College and recorded within your region. At the end of your RITA you will be awarded a RITA C, D or E.
RITA C is awarded after satisfactory progress
RITA D is a recommendation for targeted training
RITA E is a recommendation for intensified supervision or repeated experience
Further details of all seven “RITA forms” can be obtained by following the link below
Preparation is the key for a smooth RITA! The process is only stressful when you are getting things together the week before!
1 Find out the date of your RITA!
As previously mentioned they tend to occur at the same time every year. Put it in your diary/calendar, do not arrange holiday/study leave during this time – they will ask you to return for it!
2 Meet with your educational supervisor
Your educational supervisor should meet with you within the first few weeks of your post. During this meeting you should cover your training so far and set out what you aim to achieve within the post. You should have at least, two further meetings to assess your progress. The information from these meetings should be documented, and you must bring the report to your RITA.
3 Up-date your CV!
You will need to bring an up-to date CV. A copy is required in your personal portfolio (see below). You will also need to send several copies before you RITA
4 Personal portfolio
This provides documentary evidence of your education and training so far.
Important things to include are:
5 College forms
There are 2 forms that need to complete prior to you RITA.
The first is an assessment of your progress throughout the year. This YELLOW form needs to be completed by EACH of the consultants you have worked for. The second is your assessment of you training post – the GREEN form.
You may also receive a further form from your programme director prior to the RITA which is a summary of your operative experience to date.
You should be informed how many copies of these forms are required prior to your RITA NB PDF's of the forms are belowGreen assessment form.pdfYellow assessment form.pdfGuidance notes.pdf