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Keywords:

  • assessment of competence;
  • children’s nursing;
  • clinical practice;
  • nominal group technique

• This paper outlines the development of a competency model to be used to assess clinical competence during a post-registration specialist course.

• A nominal group technique was used to gather data about the detailed practice of paediatric oncology nurses.

• The nominal group technique was chosen to achieve consultation and consensus with a professional group.

• The six steps from undertaking the nominal group technique to implementation are described in detail.

• Some reflections on the use of competency statements are offered.