The role of the GP supervisor is diverse; combining the roles of educator, mentor, role model, assessor, coach and pastoral carer. GP supervisors juggle patient safety, registrar learning, and the wellbeing of their registrar, in addition to looking after themselves and the supervision team. It is therefore not surprising that GP supervisors are regarded as the cornerstone of general practice training.
While every supervisor and registrar pair are unique, and supervision must be tailored to meet the needs of the individuals and the context in which they work, there are some generic best practice principles that broadly apply.
Structuring a learning environment creates consistency of practice, improves patient safety, and really helps both the supervisor and registrar know what is expected of them. It also reduces the workload for supervisors.
GPSA have developed a framework to help structure the GP learning environment called the GPCLE. Visit this page to read about how to establish and maintain a high-quality learning environment.
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