GMC Definitions


A named educational supervisor is a trainer who is selected and appropriately trained to be responsible for the overall supervision and management of a trainee’s trajectory of learning and educational progress during a placement or series of placements. Every trainee must have a named educational supervisor. The educational supervisor helps the trainee to plan their training and achieve agreed learning outcomes. He or she is responsible for the educational agreement and for bringing together all relevant evidence to form a summative judgement at the end of the placement or series of placements.


A named clinical supervisor is a trainer who is responsible for overseeing a specified trainee’s clinical work throughout a placement in a clinical or medical environment and is appropriately trained to do so. He or she will provide constructive feedback during that placement. He or she will lead on providing a review of the trainee’s clinical or medical practice throughout the placement that will contribute to the educational supervisor’s report on whether the trainee should progress to the next stage of their training.


Accreditation Review Date


All Directors of Medical Education (DME) and Medical Education Managers (MEM) will be sent a list of accredited supervisors submitted to the GMC ( via GMC connect) and a letter copied to the Medical Director of each Local Education Provider (LEP).


All trainees should have a named and accredited educational and clinical supervisor. The LEP should ensure that all trainees employed by the organisation have these named roles in place.


The GMC require that we have an accreditation review date for all accredited supervisors. Their upper limit is 5 years. The date for review will be no later than the 31st July 2021 and no sooner than the 1st August 2017.


All supervisors who accredit after 31st July 2016 will be recognised as a supervisor from the date when their last course was completed and their renewal date would be 5 years later.


This has been agreed by all Health Education England - working across the South West stakeholders to ensure transparency of our approach.