Identifiers: words or phrases which identify individuals

It is important that 'identifiers'- words or phrases which identify individuals, institutions etc. without their explicit consent - are not present in assignments submitted for examination. Trainees should check their work carefully before submission to ensure that this does not happen and that, for example, ethics applications have such identifiers redacted.

Useful further information on this has been written by the BPS (see appendix below).

All assignments are marked according to competencies, including professional behaviour and standard setting. Where it is felt by the examiners that the presence or number of identifiers is unacceptable then this can be indicated in the marking of the competencies and could result in the trainee failing that particular assignment.

Scripts are usually not returned to trainees after marking. Examiners are therefore asked to list 'identifiers', and with each example to write the page number where the identifier has been found. This sheet of information is submitted to the Programme Office along with the formal mark sheets, and the office staff alerted. The work could then be further discussed, in the light of these comments, at the Exam Board.

Any trainee who has submitted work that includes identifiers will be asked to remove these and submit corrected work to the Programme Office.

BPS guidance on identifiers when writing about clients