Each trainee should have a named clinical supervisor for each placement who is responsible for ensuring that appropriate clinical supervision of the trainee’s day-to-day clinical performance occurs at all times, with regular feedback. This will usually be a consultant within seconday care placements and a GP Trainer within Primary care placements. Clinical Supervisors may supervise Retainer doctors, F2 doctors, or Specialty Trainees in their first or second years of GP Specialist Training doing a General Practice attachment.
Clinical supervision has been used in mental health services for many years, and describes the framework for regular, structured encounters reflecting on casework in the context of the post or specialty in which the health professionals are working and aims to identify areas of best practice and developmental needs. Clinical supervision has an important clinical governance role setting and improving professional standards of care.