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Multisource Feedback Tool - The Evidence

Supervisors play a key role in the development of postgraduate medical trainees both in the oversight of their day-to-day clinical practice but also in the support and orchestration of their learning experiences, aims and objectives. In order to enable supervisors to receive specific feedback from trainees regarding their performance in this role, the London Deanery developed and evaluated a web-based multi-source feedback tool for educational supervisors, the first of its kind. 

The design of the multi-source feedback tool was informed by research commissioned from the Peninsula College of Medicine and Dentistry, which included a narrative review of the literature in supervision and focus groups with the key stakeholders; educational supervisors and trainees. A paper presenting this research entitled “Developing a multi-source feedback tool for postgraduate medical educational supervisors” by Julian Archer, Tim Swanwick, and Daniel Smith can be accessed here

The resulting instrument was subsequently piloted online within the London Deanery over a 3 month period. The instrument was launched to over 3000 educational supervisors in July 2010. In September 2010 further analysis of live performance commenced including: examination of the performance of questionnaire items, consequential validity and content validity. Content validity was evaluated using data from a sample of completed reports, including a qualitative content analysis all free text comments. A paper entitled “Multi-source feedback for educational supervisors: Validity evidence from the first year of implementation” by Tim Swanwick, Daniel Smith, Catherine O'Keeffe, Nerys Cater and Julian Archer can be accessed here.