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Supervision skills for clinical teachers: A world class teaching initiative



Multiprofessional Faculty Development runs a unique programme of hands-on training in the conversational skills needed for good clinical and educational supervision: ‘Conversations Inviting Change’. Using a variety of methods but with an emphasis on live coaching in small groups, the programme complements Multiprofessional Faculty Development's other trainings for clinical teachers, supervisors, mentors and appraisers.

Since the inception of the programme we have introduced ‘Conversations inviting change’ to over a thousand participants from all the medical specialties and dentistry. We have delivered more than fifty one-day workshops centrally and in Trusts, as well as nearly thirty separate three-day courses. All our trainers have completed the professional certificate course in supervision skills at the Tavistock Clinic. Members of the trainers group have run workshops and given conference presentations around the UK and internationally including in Scandinavia, Turkey, Israel, Japan and the US.

A recent independent academic evaluation of our work by a team from Cardiff University highlighted the theoretical and practical coherence of our approach, and the opportunities it provides for significant changes in people’s understanding and use of supervision.

Conversations inviting change: one day workshops and three day courses

We now offer the following options:

  • Our one-day workshops will focus on ‘Essential supervision skills for clinical teachers’. We aim to continue teaching consultants and GPs, while also attracting senior STRs and SASGs (who carry out a large amount of day-to-day supervision), nurses and allied health professionals. We also hope that these workshops will provide a model of faculty development for Lead Providers and Local Educational Providers in their newly emerging roles. Workshops will take place in central London or in Trusts by prior arrangement.
  • Our three-day courses will address ‘Advanced supervision skills for clinical teachers’. We expect them to be of particular interest to educational supervisors, tutors, programme directors and DMEs, nurse educators, allied health educators, as well as senior trainees and others hoping to pursue an interest in postgraduate clinical education. We plan to focus particularly on some of the special challenges of postgraduate supervision including ‘candid conversations’ with trainees causing concern, and how to impart technical learning while also promoting reflective practice. Clinical teachers who have attended previous courses are welcome to attend to refine their skills. The courses will all take place in central London, with a fortnight between each day’s teaching so participants can practise what they have learned.

Both the above activities relate to areas 1, 2, 3, 5 and 6 of the Professional Development Framework for Supervisors.