Skip main navigation

Key messages

Description
Overhead photograph of a group discussion
© University of East Anglia
  1. Assessment of learning needs is a process by which gaps in a learner’s knowledge and/or skills are identified.

  2. This process includes knowledge of the curricular learning outcomes appropriate to the stage of training. It also includes reflection and self-assessment of current performance against expected performance, seeking external feedback from peers, supervisors and patients where necessary to identify areas where personal development might be required.

  3. Identifying learning needs at the start of a placement and supporting trainees to develop a PDP with SMART learning objectives can be used to assess progress periodically and at the end of the placement in terms of achieving the learning needs identified.

  4. Didactic teaching can encourage dependence on supervisors to achieve learning needs that could be addressed through other learning opportunities in the workplace.

  5. Questioning techniques can be used within supervision sessions to enable and support students and trainees to become self-directed learners.

© University of East Anglia
This article is from the free online

Clinical Supervision: Teaching and Facilitating Learning

Created by
FutureLearn - Learning For Life

Our purpose is to transform access to education.

We offer a diverse selection of courses from leading universities and cultural institutions from around the world. These are delivered one step at a time, and are accessible on mobile, tablet and desktop, so you can fit learning around your life.

We believe learning should be an enjoyable, social experience, so our courses offer the opportunity to discuss what you’re learning with others as you go, helping you make fresh discoveries and form new ideas.
You can unlock new opportunities with unlimited access to hundreds of online short courses for a year by subscribing to our Unlimited package. Build your knowledge with top universities and organisations.

Learn more about how FutureLearn is transforming access to education