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Mandatory Training Requirements for Supervisors

Faculty Development recognises that supervisors will choose to access training from a variety of sources, such as through Royal Colleges, e-learning and undergraduate staff development programmes. Regardless of how or when training was undertaken, it is expected that the areas to be covered should be those listed on page 17 of the Professional Development Framework. Once undertaken, it is not necessary to repeat this training, although named educational and named clinical supervisors are expected to demonstrate an ongoing commitment to their development as a medical educator through participation in a three-yearly cycle of review.

The GMC (2012) states that ‘Doctors can be a named educational supervisor or named clinical supervisor without actively performing those roles all of the time. They must, though, maintain their skills by continuing to reflect on those roles – for example, through continuing professional development. This will need to be confirmed through their appraisal.’ This is the position which has been adopted in London. All trainees in London programmes are required to have undertaken training sufficient to equip them to provide day-to-day clinical supervision. We recommend covering selected areas of the framework to fulfil this role (domains 1–4). In addition, it is a rquirement that all named educational and clinical supervisors should refresh their training in equal opportunities and diversity every three years, and those involved in the recruitment process should be trained in interview and/or selection skills.

Content of mandatory training

The areas defined in the Professional Development Framework are to guide the development of all consultant supervisors in the London area. A recommended outline curriculum for mandatory training is mapped below to the seven Framework areas. Training undertaken and faculty development programmes should cover these topics.

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