Online course in Health & Psychology

Clinical Supervision with Confidence

This course is designed to enhance the supervision skills of clinical and educational supervisors of trainee doctors.

Clinical Supervision with Confidence

  • Duration 2 weeks
  • Weekly study 4 hours
  • Certificate Available

Why join the course?

Supervise medical students and trainees effectively with this free online course, ideal for clinical and educational supervisors.

Are you a new clinical or educational supervisor? Are you finding some areas of clinical supervision challenging? Do you need to refresh your supervision skills? If so, this free online course is for you. It will help you improve your knowledge and skills, to become a more effective supervisor.

Ideal for busy healthcare professionals

Delivered online over two weeks, this course is ideal if you’re a busy general practitioner, consultant, or other medical or healthcare professional, who has day-to-day supervisory responsibility for medical students, junior doctors or postgraduate medical trainees, in hospital or community settings.

The course is mapped to competences within the Academy of Medical Educators’ framework for the professional development of postgraduate medical educators. This framework is used by the General Medical Council and Health Education England as a benchmark for recognition (accreditation) of clinical educators in the UK.

Develop your confidence in supervising medical trainees

The course will help you develop your knowledge and skills in two challenging areas of supervision, and improve your confidence in supervising your students and trainees.

You will learn about the importance of providing regular, timely feedback to students and trainees in their placements, and find out how to do this effectively.

You will also learn how to identify concerns around performance early, and manage students or trainees who are experiencing difficulties, with sensitivity, tact and firm action.

Learn with the Norwich Medical School

You will learn with Dr Veena Rodrigues and other experienced clinical educators at the Norwich Medical School.

You will also get the opportunity to network and discuss the topic with other learners and healthcare professionals around the world through online discussions and social media.

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Skip to 0 minutes and 12 secondsWelcome 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 trainings 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 secondSupervisors need to be able to recognise trainees' strengths and weaknesses in various clinical situations. This can help develop the training 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 secondsThis 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.

When would you like to start?

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  • Available now
    This course started 20 May 2019

Who is the course for?

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

What do people say about this course?

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

Leah Vallins

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.

Philippa Butler

Who will you learn with?

Veena Rodrigues

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?

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.

Buy a personalised, digital and printed certificate

You can buy a Statement of Participation for this course — a personalised certificate in both digital and printed formats, to celebrate taking part.