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Advanced Supervision Skills for Clinical Teachers: Conversations Inviting Change (three-day courses)

This course follows on from the Deanery’s one-day workshop in Essential Supervision Skills for clinical teachers. It is suitable for people who have completed the one-day workshop at their trust or centrally via Faculty Development, or who want to do the course because of a particular interest in conversational skills for supervision, appraisal, mentorship or coaching.

We place an emphasis during the course on how to hold respectful but candid conversations with trainees, including how to discuss concerns about performance, conduct or health. We also consider how to integrate technical teaching with professional development and self-awareness.

As well as providing opportunities for skills practice, there is some theoretical teaching and a certain amount of set reading before the course and between sessions.  The course is based on participants' own working experience.  Please come expecting to talk about current cases and dilemmas with patients, trainees, colleagues and teams.

Please note that this is not a comprehensive course in how to be a clinical or educational supervisor, but it will equip you with essential conversational skills for those roles.  This course does not cover the contents of the Gold Guide (e.g. roles and responsibilities of educational supervisors) or the 'nuts and bolts' of MMC (e.g. curricula or work-based assessment).

Course objectives

• To present one particular theoretical model of supervision (‘Conversartions inviting change’.)
• To teach a range of skills based on that model


• To use supervision more effectively, in both straightforward and difficult contexts .
• To be able to impart basic supervision skills.

Who can attend?

This workshop is available to anyone involved in teaching in an NHS setting in London. We particularly welcome applications from educational supervisors, college tutors, programme directors and other educators, as well as from clinical supervisors, trainees and SASGs hoping to develop a special interest in postgraduate medical education.

The course relates to the following areas of the London Professional Development Framework for Supervisors:

Area 1: Ensuring safe and patient care
Area 2: Establishing and maintaining an environment for learning
Area 3: Teaching and facilitating learning
Area 5: Supporting and monitoring educational progress
Area 6: Guiding personal and professional development

Course dates scheduled:

For up to date information on course dates and availability, please click here.

The course fee is £150.00