Supervision Support Strategy

What is the Supervision Support Strategy?

Supervision is fundamental to the success of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians’ (RACP) training programs and to ensuring quality patient care.

A significant number of supervisors dedicate their time, knowledge and skills, often on a voluntary basis, to educate physician trainees in the workplace. Feedback from members tells us that unprecedented rises in the number of trainees, service delivery pressures and changes in the healthcare environment can challenge the most experienced supervisors. 

The College is committed to ensuring that the vital contribution and commitment of each and every one of our supervisors is rewarded, recognised and supported. 

As physician training moves towards a model of competency-based medical education, in a challenging environment, it is essential to build capacity and capability in the supervisory workforce to support this transition. 

In response to these changes in the delivery of medical education, regulatory requirements and feedback from members, The College has commenced a project to refresh and refocus the Supervision Support Strategy. 

The strategy focuses on seven distinct but interconnected areas: 

Role Clarity: a clear role framework, defined roles and explicit responsibilities of supervisors. 

Standards: a supervisory standards framework that outlines the skills, knowledge and behaviours for trainers and educators which forms the basis of supervisor selection criteria.

Rewards and Recognition: rewards and recognition to support, encourage and further engage Supervisors.

: a formal recruitment process, which selects supervisors with the appropriate competencies, skills, and knowledge for the role.

Training: professional development opportunities including face to face workshops and online learning. Over 3000 RACP Fellows have accessed existing supervisor training workshops, to find out when they are happening in your area, click here.

Evaluation: evaluation of supervisor effectiveness, including feedback from multiple sources, to drive quality improvement and encourage professional development.

Engagement: recruitment and engagement to meet the educational needs of an increased number of trainees. Engagement with employing bodies and the wider healthcare system to ensure adequate infrastructure and resources for education and training activities. 

How can I contribute to the Supervision Support Strategy?

College Members were invited to submit their feedback and contribute to the development of the College's Supervision Support Strategy for 2016 onwards.

Information gathered from this consultation will be used to inform the College's Strategy and action plan, which will be circulated in mid 2016.

Further Information 

For more information on the Supervision Support Strategy renewal project please contact Angela Corbett, Education Development Officer, Supervisor Learning Support on +61 2 8076 6338 or by email at
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