Becoming a Supervisor

It is mandatory for all Educational Supervisors (ES) and Named Clinical (CS) or Public Health Project Supervisors (PS) to undergo training for their roles. Prospective Wessex supervisors must attend the Educator Development: Induction for ES and NCS course, to acquire the necessary skills they require to train doctors in postgraduate training, and gain GMC supervisor recognition for five years. 

The induction course is currently being completed in two parts: 

e-Learning

This provides potential new ES/CS with the theory. It should take approximately eight hours. We appreciate everyone has a different baseline of knowledge and skills, and therefore the advantage of working through the courses online means delegates can spend more time on the areas where their knowledge and skills are limited, and less time on those aspects in which they have the appropriate level.

The e-Learning should take approximately four hours for a Named Clinical or Project Supervisor, and approximately eight hours for an Educational Supervisor. Depending on previous experience and knowledge it could take longer. 

Group-learning session

This provides the opportunity to embed the theory into practice, through small group discussion with experienced ES/CS course facilitators.


Process

Prospective Educational Supervisors (ES) and Named Clinical (CS) or Public Health Project Supervisors (PS) must follow the process outlined below (please expand each step for full details):

STEP 1 – Book onto a group-learning session

Book onto an ‘Educator Development – Induction for ES and NCS’ event via the Accent Course Manager system. When booking, please search for course title in the Course/Conference search field. If you have not yet registered as a user with the Wessex system, please do so before booking your place on the course.

For further booking assistance, please contact PDU.WX@hee.nhs.uk

STEP 2 – complete e-Learning modules

Register with https://www.e-lfh.org.uk/ (see https://support.e-lfh.org.uk/get-started/registration/ for help)
Refer to the e-Learning modules document for further instructions

Delegates do not need to undertake all the courses within the e-Learning for Health folder – only those outlined for their role (in the above document) must be completed.

The e-Learning should take approximately four hours for a Named Clinical or Project Supervisor, and approximately eight hours for an Educational Supervisor. Depending on previous experience and knowledge it could take longer. 

STEP 3 – submit e-Learning course activity report

The potential ES/CS/PS must submit their e-Learning course activity report to PDU.WX@hee.nhs.uk, before attending the group-learning session (to prove they have completed the relevant training and not just skipped through each slide… we all do it!). 

The facilitators will use this pre-session learning to tailor the discussions/group-learning.  

STEP 4 – attend/engage in group-learning session

The potential ES/CS/PS must attend and actively engage in all the group-learning to be signed off by the facilitators.

STEP 5 – await confirmation of Wessex and GMC recognition

The group-learning session facilitators will confirm to PDU.WX@hee.nhs.uk that each participant has actively engaged in the session (providing there has been active engagement).

The Wessex PDU team will notify the Wessex Quality Team that the potential ES/CS/PS has completed their e-Learning and attended/engaged in a group-learning session.

The Wessex Quality team will add the supervisor’s details to the Wessex Supervisor Register, and email the new supervisor confirming registration and details regarding ongoing recognition. The Quality Team will also upload the new supervisor’s details to the GMC Register.

For further information, please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions document. 

Equivalent training (outside of Wessex)

If an equivalent course has been undertaken outside of Wessex, the prospective ES/CS should forward the course details and an attendance certificate to quality.wx@hee.nhs.uk. Upon receipt of this information, the quality team will seek DME approval for the supervisor’s name to be added to the Wessex Supervisor Register.

Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health – HEE Wessex recognises the ‘Effective Educational Supervision’ course run by the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health to meet the requirements for Educational Supervisor induction (not clinical supervisor).