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Support for supervisors working with trainees under the new contract

admin, 15 December 2016
Support for supervisors working with trainees under the new contract

Health Education England’s e-Learning for Healthcare (HEE e-LfH) programme has launched an e-learning resource that helps describes the role of clinical and educational supervisors and how they work with postgraduate medical trainees employed under the new 2016 contract. The e-learning supports educational and clinical supervisors in understanding their role and how they can support their trainees under the new contract.

The e-learning session is designed to support educational and clinical supervisors but is relevant to all those involved in the management of trainees, including trainees themselves. The development of this e-learning session involved both NHS Employers and the British Medical Association.

Educational and clinical supervisors have always held a critical role in relation to the appropriate appraisal, assessment and support of trainees. The 2016 contract provides a structured method for them to raise issues about their working and learning environment through exception reports. The responsibility of educational and clinical supervisors has not changed with the introduction of this contract, however, some of the policies and processes that surround the role may differ, specifically around the introduction of work scheduling and exception reporting.

These changes will provide a clearer structure through which supervisors can resolve issues raised by trainees they are responsible for, and will require all supervisors to have knowledge of the processes and how to work with them to navigate and support.

The session describes how educational and clinical supervisors work together to deliver the functions defined by the new contract. Examples are worked through demonstrating how supervisors work with trainees to personalise generic work schedules and how this may operate across different training programmes. There are also examples of how exception reports are managed by educational and clinical supervisors and how these may relate to workplace reviews.

These are new activities which should serve to strengthen the ability of the educational and clinical supervisors in ensuring the integrity of training programmes

Professor Wendy Reid, Director of Education and Quality, Health Education England, said:

“This new resource is a timely addition to Health Education England’s e-Learning for Healthcare catalogue. To explain the role of educational and clinical supervisors and how they work with and support postgraduate medical trainees, including the processes under the new contract, is welcomed. We hope the new processes will strengthen the role of educational and clinical supervisors in supporting trainees and in turn improve their working lives.”

To access the e-learning click here.

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