Becoming an Out of Hours Clinical Supervisors

Trainees must be supervised by a Deanery approved clinical supervisor while they are undertaking OOH work. The following list of OOH Doctors are approved to provide clinical supervision to GPSTs doing OOH sessions without having to complete any additional course:

  • Current approved GP Educational Supervisors
  • OOH doctors who have stopped being GP Educational Supervisors within the last 2 years
  • GPs who have completed a Prospective Educational Supervisor Course with the intention of becoming approved as an educational supervisor
  • Current Training Programme Directors (TPDs) or OOH Doctors who have stopped being TPDs in the past two years.
  • GPs who are current educational supervisors for retained foundation doctors with attendance at a specific OOHs clinical supervision training session
  • Further information on OOH training

All other OOH doctors who wish to be OOH Clinical Supervisors of GP STs will need to satisfactorily complete a Deanery provided/approved course.

It is recommended that prospective OOH supervisors of GP Specialty Trainees will have completed at least 20 sessions working for their current OOH provider.  The course will run over two sessions through which participants will:

  • Appreciate the current system of GP training and why and how OOH experience is included
  • Understand the roles and responsibilities of the OOH Clinical Supervisor
  • Confirm the features of effective learning and teaching
  • Develop the skills of effective clinical supervision
  • Practice how to identify, understand and tackle problems
  • The next course is on Monday, 25 March and Wednesday, 15 May 2013

OOH Clinical Supervisor Application Form

Initial applications to become an OOH Clinical Supervisor should be made through your local OOH organisation and be accompanied by the application form. The form should be emailed to the local GPST administrator. Following review by the local Associate Postgraduate Dean, the application for approval will be submitted to the School Board, and following the Board meeting, the supervisor will be notified of the outcome.

Being re-approved as an Out Of Hours Clinical Supervisor

The COGPED paper states that “ Deaneries should ensure that Clinical Supervisors in OOH maintain and update their skills and are subject to a three yearly re-approval of their role, based on the feedback from GP registrars.

The Deanery maintain a list of approved OOH clinical supervisors that is cross-checked annually with the various OOH providers.

The Deanery will facilitate update sessions that can be delivered centrally at the Deanery or at the various OOH provider organisations. Out of Hours Clinical supervisors will be required to attend at least one update session every three years prior to re-approval and to apply for re-approval by submitting a reflective account on their performance as a clinical supervisor that includes reflection on feedback from trainees.

Re-approval process

Shortly before the expiry date of a OOH CS approval, the OOH organisation will request the Deanery to send any feedback available from trainees who have been supervised since the last approval using the OOH Clinical supervisor reapplication form.

OOH Clinical Supervisor Re-Application Form

The completed form should be emailed to the local GPST administrator  Following review by the local Associate Postgraduate Dean, the application for re-approval will be submitted to the School Board, and following the Board meeting, the supervisor will be notified of the outcome.