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Clinical Supervision with Confidence

Supervise undergraduate and postgraduate learners effectively with this online course for clinical and educational supervisors.

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Clinical Supervision with Confidence
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    2 weeks
  • Weekly study

    4 hours
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Develop your confidence in supervising medical students and trainees

This online course will help you become a more effective clinical supervisor or educator. It is mapped to competences within the Academy of Medical Educators’ framework for professional development, as used by the General Medical Council and Health Education England.

You’ll improve your confidence in supervising undergraduate or postgraduate learners.

You’ll also develop your knowledge and skills in two challenging areas: how to provide regular, timely and effective feedback; and how to identify concerns around performance early, and raise them with sensitivity, tact and firm action.

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Skip to 0 minutes and 12 seconds Welcome to Clinical Supervision, a free online course created by the University of East Anglia. You’ll be guided throughout this learning process by Dr. Veena Rodrigues. Veena has worked with a team of health education professionals to develop this unique two-week master class. Over the two weeks, this course will help you get to grips with two key skills that are absolutely essential for effective clinical supervision. These are giving constructive feedback to your trainees and identifying and supporting trainees who are experiencing difficulties of any sort. So what is clinical supervision? Clinical supervision is the day-to-day oversight of a trainee’s clinical work with constructive feedback to help with their professional development and improve patient care.

Skip to 1 minute and 1 second Supervisors need to be able to recognise trainees’ strengths and weaknesses in various clinical situations. This can help develop the trainee and to improve patient care. Are you in a supervisory role? A clinical superivisor is responsible for overseeing a trainee’s clinical work during their placements. Why is supervisor training important? Training helps supervisors improve their skills with the ultimate aim of helping trainees improve in providing patient care. Good supervision also involves being a positive role model for the trainee. I think that’s a position that every health care professional wants to be in. There are clear benefits associated with mastering clinical supervision. The best supervisors give trainees guidance on their clinical work, offering feedback and reassurance when needed.

Skip to 1 minute and 53 seconds This helps to improve patient care and your job satisfaction. We hope you will join us on this insightful journey. See you in the digital clinic.

What topics will you cover?

  • What is clinical supervision?
  • Framework of professional standards for postgraduate medical supervisors
  • Giving constructive feedback
  • Giving and receiving feedback
  • Early identification and effective management
  • Top tips for clinical supervisors

When would you like to start?

Start straight away and learn at your own pace. If the course hasn’t started yet you’ll see the future date listed below.

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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...

  • Discuss the purpose and models of clinical supervision.
  • Explain the principles of giving constructive feedback to trainees/ learners.
  • Compare and contrast various models for giving feedback in clinical/ learning settings.
  • Develop strategies for early identification of trainees/ learners in difficulty.
  • Discuss pragmatic approaches to supporting & managing trainees/ 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. Healthcare professionals might find the the Certificate of Achievement for this course useful for providing evidence of Continuing Professional Development (CPD), or commitment to their career.

After this course, you can go on to take:

What do people say about this course?

"Brilliant course, lots of useful information which is transferable between professions."

"I have provided clinical supervision for many years. The frameworks available have enabled me to confirm that I have managed the difficulties appropriately and enabled me to consider other approaches too. I have found the course content extremely useful and although targeted at the medical profession, has been applicable also to the nursing discipline."

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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