Health Education England, North West (HEE (NW)) has produced guidance on the roles, responsibilities, knowledge and skills required of an Educational Supervisor (ES) working in postgraduate medical education in the North West.
Each trainee should have a named ES who is responsible for overseeing that trainee’s educational progress over a period of time.
The GMC defines an ES as:
“A trainer who is selected and appropriately trained to be responsible for the overall supervision and management of a specified trainee’s educational progress during a clinical training placement or series of placements. The Educational Supervisor is responsible for the trainee's Educational Agreement.”
The ES role is to help the student or trainee to plan their training and achieve agreed learning outcomes. S/he is responsible for the educational agreement and for bringing together all relevant evidence to form a summative judgement at the end of the clinical training placement and/or series of placements.
Some training schemes appoint an ES for each training placement. The roles of CS and ES may then be merged. These individuals will require a higher level of educational development for their role than a CS which will usually be significantly more demanding.
In many instances the same person may undertake both CS and ES roles for a given trainee. However, in specialty training (including GP trainees in secondary care attachments) some doctors may act as ES for more than one trainee and receive feedback on trainee performance from multiple CS. Some doctors may act as CS only. An overview of CS can be found at the Clinical Supervision page.
Roles and Responsibilities of an Educational Supervisor
This is a complex role which spans the areas of educational management, educational supervision and feedback, an understanding of the role of assessment in learning, the use of portfolios as a learning and assessment tool, an understanding of how to identify, support and manage a trainee in difficulty, and of supporting trainee career decision making. It also requires an understanding of the role of the CS and how to link with that individual in situations where the 2 roles are separated. The standards for trainers as outlined in The Trainee Doctor (Domain 6, pgs 30-32) and are met in the outline of roles and responsibilities of an ES given below.
Knowledge and Skills Required for Educational Supervisor Roles
ES will need to demonstrate that they have the following core knowledge and skills:
To be formally recognised as a trainer Educational Supervisors need to provide a portfolio of evidence to show that they meet the GMC trainer standards. For more information on the evidence required please visit the Education Standards and Guidance page.
Under the GMC arrangements for recognising and approving trainers it is the LEPs responsibility to ensure that all Educational Supervisors meet the necessary requirements for the role and to report annually to HEE (NW) on their trainers for live reporting to the GMC.
Corroboratory evidence is sought at the HEE (NW) Quality Monitoring visits.