What is Educational Supervision (ES)?
Educational Supervision is ‘a positive process to chart an individual’s continuing progress and to identify development needs’. In Educational Supervision, your supervisor is looking to see how you are doing by making sure you are making good progress in various areas specified by the RCGP.
It is also a forward-looking process – where the ES will help you discover further educational needs and develop a plan for the next training period, essentially resulting in a Personal Development Plan.
What types of things will be reviewed in ES?
- Your learning log entries (checking for a meaningful level of reflection)
- Workplace Based Assessments – like COTs, CBDs, Mini-CEXs, MSFs, PSQs and CEPS.
- The 13 Professional Capabilities – making sure you are gradually gathering more evidence for each of them.
- Checking your engagement in Urgent Unscheduled Care and how you’re performing in relation to the Capabilities.
- Checking what your Clinical Supervisor has to say in their report (the CSR).
- Making sure you’ve engaged in a Quality Improvement Programme, Leadership Activity and Prescribing Assessment.
- Checking your previous year’s PDP and whether you have achieved them.
How is this different to Clinical Supervision?
Try not to confuse your Clinical Supervisor with your Educational Supervisor.
- The Clinical Supervisor oversees your day to day work and will change with each change of post.
- Your Educational Supervisor oversees your progress throughout training and will usually remain the same person throughout your 3 year training period. Their aim is to keep you on track for training (primarily) and help you identify and meet your learning needs
How many meetings and are these important?
There will be one ES meeting every 6 months. If you’re an ST1 in your very first post, we expect you to have TWO ES meetings during that post – an initial “handshake” at the beginning and a more formal one at the end.
And ES is a mandatory. Your ARCP can’t happen without it. Please note: it is the trainee’s responsibility to get in touch with their Educational Supervisor and arrange a meeting (not the other way around).
Who is my Educational Supervisor?
Contact your GP Training Scheme Administrator – they will be able to tell you. If you are new – you’ll probably find out at your training scheme’s induction programme.
Which Assessment at Which Stage?
Do you get confused which WPBA assessments need to be done at which ST stage and how many?
RCGP page on Which WPBA and numbers (scroll to the bottom)
The ES Workbook
The ES Workbook is basically a very simple mapping tool that has been developed by some GP Trainers to HELP you. We strongly advise you to use it and upload it to your ePortfolio. It will make your life and the Educational Supervisor’s life easier.
- Remember to update your ES workbook for each ST year.
The ES checklist
We also strong recommend trainees use something called the ES Checklist to ensure they have got everything in order prior their ES meeting. This is a checklist for the ES to ensure they have covered everything so is useful for you to see what they may need. This is also then sent to the ARCP panel to aid their work. The ES meeting will take longer If you haven’t done the preparation work, it will be difficult for both you and your Educational Supervisor and the meeting will end up taking longer. You don’t have to fill in the checklist but it is a good aide-memoire for you to use.
- One of the most important parts of the ES meeting is your Capability Self-Rating Scales. Please speak with your ES or TPD or Trainer on how to write this up.