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Online course

Clinical Supervision with Confidence

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

Free:

  • Access to the course for its duration + 14 days, regardless of when you join (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps, quizzes)
  • No access to course tests
  • No certificate

Upgraded:

  • Unlimited access to the course, for as long as it exists on FutureLearn (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps, quizzes)
  • Access to course tests
  • A Certificate of Achievement when you complete the course

Find out more

Clinical Supervision with Confidence

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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 Professor 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 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 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.

What topics will you cover?

This short interactive course covers:

  • basic principles of supervision of trainees/ learners in clinical/ learning settings.
  • purpose and models of supervision.
  • need for training of supervisors to provide this role effectively.
  • Academy of Medical Educators’ framework for the professional development of postgraduate medical educators (used by the General Medical Council as a benchmark for recognition of clinical educators in the UK).
  • models for providing regular, timely constructive feedback to students and trainees in the placement.
  • strategies to identify concerns around trainee/ learner performance at an early stage.
  • supporting and managing students or trainees in difficulty.
  • reflection and discussion with peers on your current practice to identify personal areas for improvement in an inter-professional setting.

When would you like to start?

  • Date to be announced

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 students and trainees in hospital or community settings.

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.

Free:

  • Access to the course for its duration + 14 days, regardless of when you join (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps, quizzes)
  • No access to course tests
  • No certificate

Upgraded:

  • Unlimited access to the course, for as long as it exists on FutureLearn (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps, quizzes)
  • Access to course tests
  • A Certificate of Achievement when you complete the course

Find out more

Get extra benefits, upgrade this course. For $79 you’ll get:

Unlimited access

Upgrading will mean you get unlimited access to the course.

  • Take the course at your own pace
  • Refer to the material at any point in future

If you’re taking a course for free you have access to the course for its duration + 14 days, regardless of when you join. If you upgrade the course you have access for as long as the course exists on FutureLearn.

Access to tests

When you upgrade you’ll have access to any tests during the course.

  • Validate your learning
  • Ensure you have mastered the material
  • Qualify for a certificate

To receive a Certificate of Achievement you need to take any tests and score over 70%. You don’t get access to tests if you choose to take a course for free.

A Certificate of Achievement

Upgrading means you’ll receive a Certificate of Achievement when you complete the course.

  • Prove your success when applying for jobs or courses
  • Celebrate your hard work
  • Display on your Linkedin or CV

To receive a Certificate of Achievement you need to mark 90% of the steps on the course as complete, and score over 70% on any course tests.

Course highlights Get a taste of this course before you join:

  • The supervision journey
    The supervision journey
    video

    Watch this videoscribe animation, voiced by Professor Veena Rodrigues, which shows the stages through the supervision journey.

  • Purpose of feedback
    Purpose of feedback
    video

    Watch this videoscribe animation, voiced by Professor Veena Rodrigues, showing how learners can improve their performance with the use of feedback.