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 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.

Module Code: CPD4707
Level: 7
Credits: 20
Cost: £680 for Sept 2019 to July 2020

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 programme?

• 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.

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.
• Constructive feedback
• Progress reviews and appraisal principles
• Annual Review of Competence Progression (ARCP) principles and documentation
• Supervising and supporting international medical graduates (IMGs)
• Supervising and supporting trainees in difficulty

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, audio recording of the session 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 2020 ES S2

Venue: Ormskirk Campus

Starts: Thu 20th Feb 2020

Session Times:
  • WS1, Thursday, 20/02/2020, 1.45pm to 5pm Attendance
  • WS1, Friday, 21/02/2020, 9.00am to 12.30pm Attendance
  • WS1, Tuesday, 25/02/2020, 9.00am to 12.30pm Attendance
  • WS2, Thursday, 19/03/2020, 9.00am to 12.30pm Attendance
  • WS2, Monday, 23/03/2020, 1.45pm to 5.00pm Attendance
  • WS2, Wednesday, 25/03/2020, 1.45pm to 5.00pm Attendance
  • WS3, Thursday, 23/04/2020, 1.45pm to 5.00pm Attendance
  • WS3, Friday,24/04/2020, 9.00am to 12.30pm Attendance
  • WS3, Monday, 27/04/2020, 1.45pm to 5.00pm Attendance
  • WS4, Thursday, 14/05/2020, 1.45pm to 5.00pm Attendance
  • WS4, Monday, 18/05/2020, 1.45pm to 5.00pm Attendance
  • WS4, Tuesday, 19/05/2020, 9.00am to 12.30pm Attendance
  • Assignment Submission, Monday, 1st June 2020 by 4pm

    Study dates and times are subject to change.

September 2019 ES S1

Venue: Ormskirk Campus

Starts: Thu 5th Sep 2019

Session Times:
  • WS1, Thurs, 05/09/2019, 1.45pm to 5pm Attendance
  • WS1, Mon, 09/09/2019, 1.45pm to 5pm Attendance
  • WS1, Tues, 10/09/19, 9am to 12.30pm Attendance
  • WS2, Thurs, 03/10/2019, 1.45pm to 5pm Attendance
  • WS2, Fri, 04/10/2019, 9am to 12.30pm Attendance
  • WS2, Monday, 07/10/2019, 1.45pm to 5pm Attendance
  • WS3, Thurs, 31/10/2019, 1.45pm to 5pm Attendance
  • WS3, Fri, 01/11/2019, 9am to 12.30pm Attendance
  • WS3, Tue, 05/11/2019, 9am to 12.30pm Attendance
  • WS4, Fri, 29/11/2019, 9am to 12.30pm Attendance
  • WS4, Mon, 02/12/2019, 1.45pm to 5pm Attendance
  • WS4, Wed, 04/12/2019, 1.45pm to 5pm Attendance
  • Assignment Submission, Monday 16th Dec 2019, 4pm

    Study dates and times are subject to change.

Further Information

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.

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


This module is part of:

  • PGCert Workplace-based PG Medical Education