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Clinical Supervision: Assessing and Providing Feedback

Explore workplace-based assessment methods and how to use them effectively in practice with this course for clinical supervisors.

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Clinical Supervision: Assessing and Providing Feedback
  • Duration

    3 weeks
  • Weekly study

    3 hours

Explore new models to provide feedback to and support your students and trainees

This online course will focus on the principles of workplace-based assessment and commonly used workplace-based assessment tools. It will show you how to apply these as part of your clinical supervision.

You’ll learn the importance of assessing competence and progression among your students and trainees.

You’ll also look at models to observe performance and provide effective feedback, and explore strategies to identify and support learners who are in difficulty.


  • Week 1

    Workplace-based assessments

    • Introduction to the course

      This activity provides an introduction to the course and what to expect throughout.

    • Workplace-based assessments

      In this activity, we will explore the principles and types of WPBAs that can be used to facilitate learning in hospital or community settings.

    • WPBAs: supervisor and trainee perspectives

      In this activity, we will explore of WPBAs further from the supervisors’ and trainees’ perspectives.

  • Week 2

    Conducting WPBAs and assessing competence progression

    • Introduction

      This week we will be looking at good practice in conducting WPBAs in hospital and community workplace settings. We will then explore how competence, and progression of competence, of the student or trainee can be assessed.

    • Competence

      This activity will explore the assessment of competence and progression.

  • Week 3

    Providing feedback and supporting the learner in difficulty

    • Introduction

      This week we will be exploring how you can provide constructive feedback for learning to your students and trainees. We will also look at the learner in difficulty and how they could be identified early.

    • Giving feedback

      In this activity we will look at feedback and how it can be provided constructively to facilitate the development of knowledge, skills and competence among students and trainees.

    • Learners in difficulty

      In this activity we will discuss the underperforming student/trainee and actions that supervisors can take to identify and manage the trainee in difficulty.

    • End of course activities

      In this activity we will test learning gained from the course, explore your experiences of undertaking the course, and suggest further learning options.

When would you like to start?

  • Date to be announced

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Learning on this course

You can take this self-guided course and learn at your own pace. On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Explain the principles of workplace-based assessment
  • Develop a working knowledge and understanding of commonly used workplace-based assessment tools
  • Discuss the principles of assessing competence progression among learners
  • Evaluate a variety of models to observe performance and provide effective feedback to learners
  • Identify and support learners in difficulty

Who is the course for?

This course is suitable for all post-registration doctors and healthcare professionals, especially those holding supervisory responsibility for pre-registration health professional students and postgraduate medical trainees in hospital or community settings.

It is one of a series of Clinical Supervision courses developed by a multidisciplinary group of clinical educators from Norwich Medical School. You can also take:

Who will you learn with?

Professor of Public Health & Medical Education, Norwich Medical School;
Lifelong Learner; Supervisor & Mentor; 'early adopter' but advocate of pedagogy before technology.
Twitter: @vcrodrigues_uea

Who developed the course?

UEA (University of East Anglia)

The University of East Anglia is an internationally renowned university providing top quality academic, social and cultural facilities to over 15,000 students from over 100 countries around the globe.

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