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Framework Areas

The Framework is designed around seven key areas of activity, all of which relate to the role of the postgraduate medical supervisor. The precise emphasis on individual areas will vary depending on the supervisory role; areas five and six for instance are more relevant to educational than clinical supervisors.

Each section of the Framework contains:
• description of the area
• expectations of effective supervisors
• hallmarks of excellence
• examples of evidence that may be provided for the purposes of accreditation.

The Framework is underpinned by the core professional values expressed in Good Medical Practice (GMC 2006) that apply to all doctors, including supervisors. The values and responsibilities set out in Good Medical Practice are not reiterated here but the attention of supervisors should be drawn to the specific paragraphs of Good Medical Practice under the heading ‘Teaching and training, appraising and assessing’.


The seven Framework areas are as follows:

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1. Ensuring safe and effective patient care through training

2. Establishing and maintaining an environment for learning

3. Teaching and facilitating learning

4. Enhancing learning though assessment

5. Supporting and monitoring educational progress

6. Guiding personal and professional development

7. Continuing professional development as an educator