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Being an Educational Supervisor in General Practice

Foundation Programme doctors will have an education supervisor and a clinical supervisor. Both roles are normally combined within the general practice rotation, and foundation supervisors in GP are expected to provide clinical supervision and organise workplace based educational assessments for F2 doctors in GP practice placements.

Foundation Educational Supervisors are expected to:

  • Be available for, and take an active part in the appraisal process including setting educational objectives in a personal development plan (PDP).
  • Ensure that objectives are realistic, achievable and within the scope of available learning opportunities.
  • Review the PDP with F2 doctors
  • Ensure help and advice is always available.
  • Ensure that there is a climate for learning.
  • Ensure that an individual doctor’s timetable allows attendance at formal teaching sessions, is appropriate for his/her learning needs and that there is a correct balance between training and service in the placement.
  • Complete initial meeting forms and final review for the attachments
  • In cases of concern, you should contact the Trust Lead for advice or Postgraduate General Practice School office at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

In addition each F2 trainee will have an Educational Supervisor.

  • It is intended that the F2 doctor will have an single Educational Supervisor throughout the Foundation Programme
  • The Educational Supervisor will ultimately be responsible for signing off the F2 doctor at the end of the four month attachment. This will then contribute to attaining a Foundation Achievement of Competency Document (FACD), issued by the Foundation School.
  • The Educational Supervisor will supervise clinical activity in the practice, ensuring that the Foundation doctor works within the limits of their competence and under appropriate supervision.
  • Throughout the general practice rotation the educational supervisor will be the point of contact reviewing trainees’ overall progress and ensuring that appropriate records of assessment are maintained.

If you would like the opportunity to discuss the role of educational supervisor with the additional responsibilities, please the Foundation School office at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

GP Foundation Educational and clinical supervisors are reimbursed at the same rate.

Performance Issues

The vast majority of F2 doctors will complete the programme without any major problems. However some doctors may need more support than others for example ill-health, personal issues, learning needs or attitude. If you feel at any time that the doctor under your supervision has performance issues you should contact the Trust Lead at the Acute Trust who will work with you to ensure that the appropriate level of support is given both to you and the F2 doctor. The F2 doctor may be referred to the Foundation Lead depending on the problem.

It is very important that you keep written records of the issues as they arise and that you document any discussions that you have with the F2 doctor regarding your concerns.

The named Educational Supervisor will be responsible for signing off the trainee as successfully completing the Foundation Programme competencies.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 27 August 2014 10:50

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