Information for Educational Supervisors
The following page give information relevant to educational supervisors working throughout the Peninsula and supervising trainees at all levels of training from Foundation through Core and Specialty training.
This section gives information on the roles and responsibilities of the educational supervisor, courses available for training in aspects of educational supervision and additional on-line learning and links to other websites that you may find useful.
The national Association of Clinical Tutors have described the role of the Educational/ Clinical Supervisor in 'A Guide to the organisation of Postgraduate Medical Education' compiled by Dr Liz Spencer with input from the Council and members of NACT UK, PMETB, Academy of Medical Royal Colleges, COPMeD, NAMEM and the Medical Workforce Forum of NHS Employers.
The following description is taken directly from this guide and are included here for your guidance.
Roles & Responsibilities of an Educational Supervisor
1. All trainees must have a named education supervisor and the trainee should be informed in writing of this. The exact model, i.e. by placement, year of training etc, will be determined locally and all parties informed in writing of model and expectations.
2. The Educational Supervisor must be given adequate time to perform their role and approximately 0.25 PA per trainee should be identified in their job plan.
3. Support of Trainee
- Oversee the education of the trainee, act as their mentor and ensure that trainees are making the necessary clinical and educational progress
- Meet the trainee in the first week of the programme (or delegate to colleague if absent/on leave), ensure the structure of the programme, the curriculum, portfolio and system of assessment are understood and establish a supportive relationship. At this first meeting the educational agreement should be discussed with the trainee and the necessary paperwork signed and a copy kept by both parties.
- Ensure that the trainee receives appropriate career guidance and planning
- Provide the trainee with opportunities to comment on their training and on the support provided and to discuss any problems they have identified
- Review meetings should be held regularly. The trainee arranges these meetings. These occur in protected time, in a private environment and consist of reviewing the learning objectives to ensure they have been met, giving feedback, monitor the delivery of the Educational Agreement, reviewing the assessments and portfolio evidence of learning. Before this session the educational supervisor will usually have obtained information from colleagues, those involved in clinical supervision and other key professionals with whom the trainee has worked during the placement.
- At the end of the year the final appraisal session consists of reviewing all the assessments, the portfolio of evidence of learning and ensuring that all the learning objectives of the programme have been satisfied. All the necessary documentation needs to be completed and returned to the Programme Director to enable satisfactory completion of the end-of-year paperwork.
4. If the trainee’s performance is not reaching the required standard
- This should be discussed with the trainee as soon as identified
- Written record of the meeting kept
- Remedial measures should be put in place as soon as possible with clearly defined written objectives
- Trainees must have an opportunity to correct any deficiencies identified
- The appropriate Programme Director must be informed of any significant problem
5. All Educational Supervisors
- Must be approachable, keen to develop the trainee and understand the importance of the role
- Must be familiar with the Programme Curriculum, the Learning Portfolio and the Programme design
- Are responsible for ensuring that relevant information about progress and performance is made available to the appropriate Programme Director and informing them should the performance of any individual trainee give rise for concern.
- Should contribute in relevant areas to the formal education programme
- Will act as a resource for trainees seeking specialty information and guidance
- Liaise with the Specialty / Programme tutor and the rest of the department to ensure that all are aware of the learning needs of the Trainee.