Frequently Asked Questions

GPSA have put together a series of Frequently Asked Questions on topics that are featured in our webinars and podcasts. The questions come from GP Supervisors and practice managers and the answers come from our Guides, GP Supervisors and practice managers who have a special interest in the topic. View webinars and podcasts related to these FAQs via the buttons below:

  

Questions on developing your skills as a supervisor

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Introduction to GP supervision – Roles, responsibilities and rewardsThis FAQ will provide straight-forward answers to simple questions about becoming a GP supervisor such as: Where do I start? What do I need to know? What do I need to do?
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Supervising IMGs This FAQ aims to assist GP supervisors to better support IMG GP registrars training in their practices. It is based on the newly published GPSA guide.
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Communication toolbox and Overseas Trained Doctors (OTD)This FAQ address the resources you can use in your communication toolbox to help overseas trained doctors.
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Supervision of registrars undertaking teleconsultationsAn overview of teleconsultation supervision approaches, specific actions and initiatives, and how to use technology for three way consults
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Improve safety with a ‘Call for help’ listHow to utilise the ‘Call for Help’ list to provide clear instructions for registrars on when to call for help, alongside being used as a tool to monitor a registrar’s safety and progress throughout a placement.
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Managing the Stress and Mental Health of GP RegistrarsThis FAQ will provide you with an understanding of the different strategies you can employ as a GP Supervisor with your GP Registrar to weather a career in general practice safely and sustainably.
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Medico-legal Risks – After-Hours and On-CallThis FAQ explores and address the issues identified for both doctors working in after-hours environments and their GP Supervisors.
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Identifying and Supporting GP Supervisors in DifficultyIdentifying and Supporting GP Supervisors in difficulty in a variety of situations and providing appropriate responses

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Clinical supervision and the use of random case analysisExplaining various clinical supervision options available to a supervisor as well as a framework for random case analysis.
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Managing Underperforming GP Registrars
Looking at common causes for registrar difficulties and early warning signs, as well as how supervisors can support them.
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Teaching Business Assessment of General Practice
Looking at the need to explain business decisions and the business master plan to registrars, as well as providing tools for a self-assessment of your business practice.
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Teaching Clinical Reasoning
Aimed at helping GP supervisors teach their registrars “to think like a GP”.
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Teaching Professionalism
Aims to support supervisors to identify, assess, and facilitate development of skills in professional and ethical practice in their registrars.
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Teaching techniques and the GP study system
Looking at alternative approaches to in-practice teaching to and how the GP Study System can help GP supervisors on their teaching journey.
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Teaching that connects
Looking at different approaches to teaching that connect with registrars such as flipped and disruptive teaching.
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Teaching the Business of General Practice – Easy Reference Charts
These charts have been compiled for you to help build your registrar’s understanding, manage their expectations, and set standards for their time with your practice
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Planning learningThis FAQ will help registrars plan their learning, covering possible learning needs, both known and unknown, and the tools that supervisors can use to help identify them.
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Formal teachingThis FAQ explains the ‘how to’ aspect of practice-based teaching, focussing on the range of teaching methods and highlighting a new framework for problem case discussion
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Enhancing your in-practice teachingThis FAQ covers concepts such as ‘what to teach’ and ‘how to teach it’.
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Random case analysisDefining random case analysis and the process involved in sampling of medical records with the registrar to assess their clinical knowledge, decision making and the quality of medical records,
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Ad hoc supervision and informal teachingThis FAQ will provide supervisors with skills in identifying teaching opportunities and in turning ad hoc (corridor) encounters into valuable teaching and learning experiences.

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Helping registrars shine – assessing and managing registrars with performance issues to work wellLooking at early warning signs for registrar performance issues and describes the parallels between clinical approaches and educational approaches used to diagnose and manage performance issues
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Supporting RACGP Registrars through AKT and KFP assessmentsThis resource aims to help supervisors of all levels of experience understand the exam process and confidently support their registrar prepare for written assessments.
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Consultation analysis and feedbackThis FAQ discusses some of the consultation model structures, how to analyse consultations and, in turn, how to provide developmental feedback to GP registrars around their consultations.
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FeedbackThis webinar discusses feedback in a variety of situations that require effective feedback to be delivered, strategies available to deal with almost any learner and situation and how to understand which feedback strategy will suit which situation best.
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Assessing the reflective practitioner This FAQ is designed to help your registrar understand and develop their reflective practice needs as a consistent part of your teaching routine.
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Observing your registrar: Refine your skillsDetails different ways of observation, the consultation observation tool, the most common consulting errors, and feedback on a consultation.
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Telehealth Consultations – AssessmentLearn how to assess registrars performing telehealth consultations, discuss the role and methods of in-practice formative assessment, and adapt other formative assessment methods to the telehealth consultation.
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Staff Performance Development and ManagementProviding a framework for staff performance development and management to be a regular and an opportune experience for all parties – ensuring a productive, happy workforce committed to quality healthcare.

Questions on teaching your registrar about…

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FatigueFatigue is a particularly challenging presentation for registrars, as it is ambiguous and potentially associated with serious disease.
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COVID-19Looking at COVID-19 diagnosis, infection management and tele-health
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Coeliac diseaseTeaching about Coeliac disease including testing and
treatment plans for those who receive a positive diagnosis.
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Managing the Patient with ADHD – helping your registrar deliver best practice careAnswering commonly asked questions relating to ADHD, such as the differences shown in ADHD with adults, as well as common traits of ADHD.
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