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Educational Supervisor: job description

All trainees should have a nominated Educational Supervisor who has responsibility for facilitating and ensuring the progress of trainees through their designated curriculum.

The details of the role are stipulated by the Postgraduate Medical Education and Training Board (PMETB)/General Medical Council (GMC) 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 training placement or series of placements. The educational supervisor is responsible for the trainee’s educational agreement.”

Roles and responsibilities

  • Take responsibility for the personal and professional development of a trainee through the programme.
  • Develop a mutually accepted learning agreement. Undertake regular appraisals and feedback.
  • Help trainees maintain their learning portfolio.
  • Complete the Educational Supervisor’s report.
  • Identify trainees in difficulty and support them at a local level, in conjunction with the Deanery/School/Training Programme Director/College Tutor.
  • Be trained in equality and diversity.

Person specification

Essential characteristics

  • Be a fully trained medical practitioner (consultant or staff and associate specialist [SAS] doctor). Have an interest in education.
  • Have skills in appraisal and feedback.
  • Regularly attend Educational Supervisor training courses.
  • Be CPD-maintained (name on CPD roll), if eligible.
  • Be approved jointly by the deanery and NHS services.
  • Encourage trainees to undertake RCOG and GMC survey.
  • Be trained in equality and diversity.
  • Undergo annual appraisal of the educational role as per deanery and NHS processes.

Time required and job planning

Time is required within job plans to undertake the role of Educational Supervisor. The RCOG recommends that 0.25 PAs are required per trainee per week to fulfil this role.

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