Educational and Clinical Supervisors

The following information is particularly aimed at Clinical and Educational Supervisors within the secondary care setting.

Ensuring our trainers are trained and able to undertake their role is of high priority to us as an organisation and for the GMC as the regulator. Training delivered by NHSE SW is delivered via webinar over Microsoft Teams but may be face-to-face if delivered within Trusts.  It does not include any e-learning.

Information we publish

We publish information we have about trainers on the GMC medical register (List of Registered Medical Practitioners). This includes doctors who have been recognised as a:

  • Named postgraduate clinical supervisor
  • Named postgraduate educational supervisor.

For a trainer to be added as a ‘recognised trainer’ on the GMC medical register, they must be an accredited Educational or Clinical Supervisor (completed all required training) and currently be supervising a trainee.

We update the GMC trainer status information at regular intervals.

Criteria for trainer recognition

We use the Academy of Medical Educators Professional standards for medical, dental and veterinary educators (AoME 2014) as the criteria against which trainers in recognised roles must provide evidence of their ongoing professional development. Although these standards have been updated, we still use the 2014 version for approval and recognition of trainers.

The criteria comprise seven areas:

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 through assessment

5.            Supporting and monitoring educational progress

6.            Guiding personal and professional development

7.            Continuing professional development as an educator.

The Peninsula and Severn Postgraduate Medical Education (PGME) programme of training for both the named clinical supervisor and the named educational supervisor has been designed around both the GMC domains for trainers and Academy of Medical Educators Professional standards. Historically these have been established in different ways across the two Deaneries but were equivalent in both required training time and content to meet the GMC domains for trainers. The named clinical supervisor is the individual responsible for writing the clinical supervisor’s report that is incorporated into the trainee’s educational supervisor report as part of the submission for the ARCP process. There are currently no NHSE / GMC requirements for normal departmental clinical supervision.

Roles and responsibilities for the various levels of supervision can be found in the Supervisor report as below, and also in the Gold Guide


Peninsula and Severn regions are now part of NHSE South West. We have aligned our supervisor training so it is consistent across Peninsula and Severn with the same training modules. 


NHSE South West Educational Supervisor Modules of Training

Former Peninsula modules of training

Former Severn modules of training

NHSE -South West Modules of training

1. Training and patient safety



1. Roles and responsibilities

1. Training and trainee supervision

2. Successful learning environment


2. Assessments

2. Successful learning environments for supervisors

3. Work-based assessments and feedback

3. Appraisal processes and skills

3. Workplace-based assessments, appraisal, and feedback

4. How to support trainees


4. Educational theory

4. How to support trainees



5. ARCP processes



6. Equality and Diversity


(part of Trust/LEP mandatory training)


7. How to support trainees