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Supporting the Postgraduate Learner in the Medical Workplace CPD4707


Supporting the Postgraduate Learner in the Medical Workplace helps participants prepare for the role of named Educational Supervisor. The module is recognised by Health Education North West as well as meeting the GMC and GDC requirements for the role of Educational Supervisor.

This module is delivered by blended learning and aims to raise your awareness of key concepts involved in the educational supervision of postgraduate medical and dental trainees. It offers you opportunity to discuss best practice with module tutors as well as other participants, all of whom will be experienced medical or dental practitioners. Module studies draw on both practice and theory as found in the broader scholarly literature.
You will need to participate in all four face-to-face workshops to meet the professional standards for the ES role, even where these are delivered virtually. This will require you to arrange study leave.

Module code:CPD4707
Module credits:20
Cost for new students:£1000 for 2024/25 academic year

If you are an existing student who is undertaking this module as part of a programme, your fee will have been advised to you by email. You can also check your fees online. For any queries, please contact [email protected]

If your tuition fee is being paid by a sponsor or you are a sponsor paying a student’s fee, you are required to send a copy of a purchase order to [email protected].

For further guidance please visit: Sponsored students – Edge Hill University

Who is this module for?

This module is suitable for dentists, medical consultants, non-consultant career-grade doctors, public health professionals and higher speciality trainees. It is appropriate for those who are currently an Educational Supervisor or aspire to take on this role soon, for example, those at ST5 or ST6.

What are the key aims of the module?

  • To provide a knowledge base, including theories of supervision, feedback and assessment for making critical judgements within the medical workplace.
  • To enhance the ability of the participants to use appropriate skills for supervising, teaching, assessing and appraising.
  • To further the development of reflective practice and experiential learning in supervision.
  • To provide a context in which participants can review their own continuing professional development as educators.
  • To enable participants to support and contribute to the growth of the Health Services learning community.

How will I study?

This module is delivered through a blend of untimetabled online learning and four workshop sessions (4 half-days). The workshop sessions take place either on campus or online – individual session details can be found below. The module normally runs over 1 semester. You will need to participate in one session of each of the four face-to-face workshops to meet the professional standards for the ES role.

What will I study?

This module offers an opportunity to explore key concepts relating to Educational Supervision, including:

  • The role, remit and collegial network of the ES
  • Theories of supervision
  • Ascertaining learning needs, constructing and monitoring learning agreements and learning objectives.
  • Professional development conversations, incorporating constructive feedback, coaching and careers advice.
  • Progress reviews and appraisal principles
  • Annual Review of Competence Progression (ARCP) principles and documentation
  • Supervising and supporting diverse trainees, including international medical graduates (IMGs)
  • Supervising and supporting trainees requiring extra support

How will I be assessed?

There are no exams on this module. At the end of the module, you are required to submit two pieces of academic work to demonstrate your achievement of the module learning outcomes:

1. A case study of educational supervision (academic essay critically engaging with scholarly literature and professional practice), 2000 words.

2. An interaction analysis (a portfolio submission including a 2000 word reflective statement on a recorded supervisory session* in the workplace and a transcript).

*Module students can be the supervisor or trainee in this conversation.
Module tutors will give full details and preparatory exercises throughout module studies.

On successful completion you will:

On successful completion you will be able to critically analyse and explore the role of the Educational Supervisor and apply the principles of effective supervision to the support of postgraduate trainees within your workplace.

You will enhance your skills in the supervision and support of postgraduate learners in the clinical context, with the opportunity to review your own professional development needs as an educator and to plan relevant and appropriate activities to meet those identified needs.

Study dates and venues

February 2024

Venue: Ormskirk Campus, Edge Hill University

Starts: Monday 5 February 2024

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September 2024

Venue: Ormskirk Campus, Edge Hill University

Starts: Wednesday 4 September 2024

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February 2025

Venue: Ormskirk Campus, Edge Hill University

Starts: Monday 3 February 2025

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How to apply

Module availability varies from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis. Due to the popularity of some modules, it may be that the module is fully booked when your application is received. We will include your details on a waiting list and allocate you a place on the next available intake.

We encourage you to apply as early as possible to give you the best chance to obtain a place on your preferred cohort, module applications will close as soon as the module is full. As many modules have online module induction and/or pre-reading to do before the first workshop, applications received within two weeks of the start date may have to be considered for a later cohort.

This module is normally taken as part of a PGCert programme. A few students such as HEENW public heath trainees, study it as a pre-arranged stand-alone module. If you are considering studying the module as a stand-alone course outside pre-arranged groups, you must first speak to the module leader, Jim Barrie, to ensure this is appropriate for you.

For details of how to apply, please visit the apply page.

Please note: if you are intending to undertake this module as part of a PGCert, please ensure you apply for the PGCert first, and you will then be allocated a place on this module – do NOT apply for the module first as this application will be rejected. Programme application guidance can be found at the PGCert links below.

Contact us

For further information on module content, please contact the module leader, Jim Barrie by email [email protected]. or by phone on 01695 650815.

Or you can contact the Medical School email on [email protected].


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