Medical Education and Supervison

Education and Supervision Role Definitions:

Named Clinical Supervisor

A named clinical supervisor is a trainer who is responsible for overseeing a specific doctor in training’s clinical work throughout a placement in a clinical environment and is appropriately trained to do so.

The named clinical supervisor leads on providing a review of the doctor in training’s clinical or medical practice throughout the placement and contributes to the educational supervisor’s report on whether the doctor should progress to the next stage of their training.

Named Educational Supervisor

A named educational supervisor is a trainer who is selected and appropriately trained to be responsible for the overall supervision and management of a specific doctor’s educational progress during a placement, or series of placements. The named educational supervisor regularly meets with the doctor in training to help plan their training, review progress and achieve learning outcomes.

The named educational supervisor is responsible for the educational agreement and for bringing together all relevant evidence to form a summative judgement about the doctor’s progression at the end of a placement, or a series of placements.

Guidance for completing the Medical Educator section on L2P appraisal system:

Medical Educator guidance for appraisal



Educational Supervision Frequently Asked Questions


  1. How can I become recognised as an Educational or Clinical Supervisor at St George’s?

You will need to complete the Professional Development Framework  (PDF Form) and send it to

The Post Graduate Education (PGME) team will send it to the Director of Medical Education (DME) or ADME for your division to review and sign, then return a copy to you. Each year the PGME then reports the list of Trust approved supervisors to Health Education England (HEE). Your GMC registration will then be updated with the additional comment ‘This doctor is a trainer recognised by the GMC’.

To be able to complete the Professional Development Framework form you will need to show that you have undertaken training and demonstrated competencies against all seven areas of the Framework.

You may choose to access training from a variety of sources, such as through internal courses such as Summit, or through specialty specific educational supervision courses such as those run by the Royal Colleges or Specialty Schools.

Your Educational Lead or College Tutor should be able to signpost you to specialty specific courses or have a look on the specialty school websites.

Alternatively, you may choose online learning:

  • E-learning modules via ‘Educator Hub’ on the e-learning for healthcare HEE site. Video based modules mapped to the seven areas of the framework.

  • E- learning modules are also available via ‘Future Learn’:

Clinical Supervision with confidence

Once you are recognised you will need to continue to demonstrate on-going commitment to your development as a medical educator in a three-yearly cycle of review. The seven areas of the Framework are mapped to the ‘Medical Educator’ section of your L2P appraisal form to allow you to update and reflect on your development as part of your yearly appraisal.


  1. I am recognised, but I need to show that I am maintaining my performance as an Educational or Clinical Supervisor at St George’s. Can you help?

If you want an overall update you might choose a course such as Summit or a specialty specific educational supervision update course. However, it is worth looking at the ‘Medical Educator’ section of your last appraisal or your original Professional Development Framework form and think if there are specific gaps you want to fill or areas you need to develop.

Educational supervisors, exception reports and work schedule reviews:

Supervision of less than full time trainees:

  • E Learning modules are available via ‘Future Learn’:

Clinical Supervision – assessing and providing feedback

  • E-learning modules via ‘Educator Hub’ on the e-learning for healthcare HEE site. Video based modules mapped to the seven areas of the framework.

  • Sign up for the London Deanery Educational Supervisors Multisource feedback tool:

As long as you supervise a minimum of 5 trainees over 3 years you can use this to find out more about your performance as a supervisor from your trainees’ perspective.

Does your department routinely survey their trainees at the end of their placements?  Example questions for departments can be found here.

If you contact PGME team, they will be happy to put together a survey monkey link for your trainees, or alternatively create your own survey using MS Forms.


  1. I am supervising a trainee who is experiencing difficulties. What support is available?

Support for your trainee:

  • HEE London and KSS Professional Support Unit – services accessed via trainee self-referral
  • Careers support
  • Individual support team
  • Specialist Clinical Communication & Linguistics
  • Coaching
  • Exam support including dyslexia assessment
  • Supported return to training

  • Occupational health

  • Trainee’s own GP
  • Guardian of safe working


Support for you as their supervisor:

Any trainees who are experiencing difficulties should be specifically discussed during Local Faculty Group Meetings and action plans for local team support agreed and documented in the Local Faculty Group Meeting form which should then be sent to PGME.

New LFG Reporting Form_2020

As Educational Supervisor you should update your Educational Lead/ College Tutor and Training Programme Director.


Mental health advice for supervisors on supporting learners at work

Short animated films and advice leaflets for both learners and supervisors: Click here