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RESEARCH STUDY – Supervising GP registrars – who does and doesn’t participate and why?

General Practice Training Tasmania (GPTT) in partnership with General Practice Supervisors Australia (GPSA) and Monash University invited 25 GPs to participate in a study designed to better understand the reasons why general practitioners (GPs) do or don’t supervise GP Registrars in rural areas of Tasmania and why.

This study is the first systematic analysis of GPs participating in registrar supervision and what underpins their decision to participate.

This project will help to understand Tasmania’s current and future GP supervisor workforce training support needs locally and nationally to ensure there are enough GP Supervisors to meet training demand within the AGPT program into the future.

We have had an overwhelmingly positive response from Tasmanian GPs about their experiences supervising GP registrars. Apart from what we have found from the MABEL data, GPs are telling us much more about supervision within the context of rural general practice, how much they value registrars, and some of the challenges at a community, personal and practice level for enabling positive supervision.

The strong message is that GP registrars are a very positive group to have around in the practice, and rural GPs value the additional workforce they bring to the practice.

Rural GP Supervisors identified the increased capacity realized with GP registrars helped to deliver additional services and support to rural patients critical to increasing primary care access in communities with limited health services.

GP supervisors interviewed also identified the chance to teach (building the next generation) and share learning about general practice in rural communities as real strengths of participating in the AGPT program. The interviews are nearly completed and the analysis will be happening over the coming months.

Marisa Sampson, Project Manager, GPSA

marisa.sampson@gpsupervisorsaustralia.org.au or 03 5440 9077

RESEARCH STUDY – Measuring the educational alliance with supervisors from the registrar perspectice (SSRQ)

GPEx, in partnership with General Practice Training Tasmania (GPTT), General Practice Supervisors Australia (GPSA), and Monash University are making great progress with their education research project funded through the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) and the Australian Department of Health (DOH).

The research grant was awarded for a project that aims to measure the educational alliance between a GP Supervisor and a GP Registrar from the perspective of the GP Registrar.

Following on from the successful work of GPTT, GPSA and Monash University to develop the GP Supervisory Relationship Measure (GP-SRM), that is used to gather the supervisor’s perspective on the supervisory relationship, the SSRQ project seeks to adapt and validate a complementary tool to explore the relationship from the registrar’s perspective.

The Short Supervisory Relationship Questionnaire (SSRQ) was be adapted by an Expert Registrar Advisory Group, comprising registrars from GPEx and GPTT, and piloted with a separate group of registrars from GPEx and GPTT in December 2017.

The results look promising and a second adaptation and pilot will be conducted in March/April 2018.

Once the final instrument is ready, all eligible GPEx and GPTT registrars will then be invited to participate in the study and complete the modified SSRQ via SurveyMonkey.

It is anticipated that the final survey will occur in May 2018.

This project will also use innovative computer adaptive testing to explore if the matched tools for measuring the educational alliance from both the supervisor and registrar perspective can be shortened whilst still maintaining their validity and reliability.

It is envisaged that this project will lead to a better understanding of the educational alliance between registrars and supervisors and should also lead to the development of appropriate support and resources for GP Registrars.

Further information:

Joan Burns, Project Manager, GPSA

joan.burns@gpsupervisorsaustralia.org.au or 0472 520 611

RESEARCH STUDY – MEASURING THE EDUCATIONAL ALLIANCE FROM THE GP SUPERVISOR’S PERSPECTIVE

General Practice Training Tasmania (GPTT) in partnership with General Practice Supervisors Australia (GPSA) and Monash University was successful in its application for an Education Research Grant through the Australian General Practice Training (AGPT) Program in the Australian Department of Health (DOH).

The research grant was awarded for a project that attempts to measure the educational alliance between a GP Supervisor and a GP Registrar from the perspective of the GP Supervisor.

The relationship between a registrar and his or her supervisor has been suggested as the platform for all other aspects of learning and the concept of the educational alliance is a central component of this relationship.

Despite this, evaluation of this relationship is almost entirely focused on registrar satisfaction with the supervision and training they receive.

The Supervisory Relationship Measure (SRM) is a tool that has been used to validly and reliably measure the supervisory relationship between supervisors and trainees from the perspective of the supervisor in the discipline of clinical psychology in the UK.

As far as we know, it is the first time this tool will be used to explore the supervisory relationship in general practice from the perspective of the supervisor, in Australia or elsewhere.

It may be possible to predict supervisor satisfaction using the SRM, which is a critical motivator in engaging and retaining supervisors in clinical and educational supervision.

The SRM may also be used to gain an understanding of deficits that can then inform the supervisor education strategies of Australian general practice Regional Training Organisations (RTOs).

The SRM will be adapted and piloted with an Expert Supervisor Group in Tasmania.

All GP Supervisors who are members of GPSA were invited to participate in the study and complete the modified SRM via SurveyMonkey.

The survey took place in April/May 2017. The results are currently being analysed and it’s looking very promising that we may have a valid instrument for use in the AGPT program.

Further information:

Joan Burns, Project Manager, GPSA
joan.burns@gpsupervisorsaustralia.org.au or 0472 520 611

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