Supporting the Postgraduate Learner in the Medical Workplace CPD4707


Covid-19 - Course Impact Statement

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.
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 online. This will require you to arrange study leave.

For information on the impact of Covid19 on our teaching, please see our Covid19 Teaching Update page.

Module Code: CPD4707
Level: 7
Credits: 20
Cost: £750 for Sept 2020 to July 2021

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.

How Will I Study?

This module is delivered through a blend of on-line learning and 4 face-to-face sessions (4 half-days). The module normally runs over 1 semester.
You will need to participate in all 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, 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 2021 S2

Venue: TBC

Starts: Tue 16th Feb 2021

Session Times:
These dates are provisional until confirmed by the University. At the moment it remains likely that at least part of this semester’s teaching will be online only. However this will be reviewed in the light of guidance on social distancing.
Workshop 1
  • Tuesday 16 February 2021, 1.45pm-5pm
  • Wednesday 17 February 2021, 9am-12.15pm
  • Friday 19 February 2021, 9am-12.15pm
  • Workshop 2
  • Monday 15 March 2021, 1.45pm-5pm
  • Tuesday 16 March 2021, 1.45-5pm
  • Wednesday 17 March 2021, 9am-12.15pm
  • Workshop 3
  • Monday 12 April 2021, 1.45pm-5pm
  • Tuesday 13 April 2021, 1.45pm-5pm
  • Wednesday 14 April 2021, 9am-12.15pm
  • Workshop 4
  • Tuesday 4 May 2021, 1.45pm-5pm
  • Wednesday 5 May 2021, 9am-12.15pm
  • Friday 7 May 2021, 9am-12.15pm
  • 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.

    To apply for this module please access the online application form here: module application form.

    If you have any other queries about studying with us, please see the FAQ page.

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

    Or you can contact the Medical School email on


    This module is part of:

  • PGCert Workplace-based PG Medical Education