Supervisor professional development curriculum
Through an education research grant in 2020 and 2021 the RACGP supported the development of a national curriculum for GP supervisors. It was recognised that the core knowledge and skills of GP supervisors is similar across all training and workforce programs. Supervisors should be supported to undertake professional development for whenever they are asked to supervise a doctor who does not have Fellowship of either RACGP or ACRRM. This includes programs managed by the Medical Board of Australia.
A task-based syllabus was established as the basis for the curriculum. A foundations of supervision course based on this syllabus has been developed and will commence for new supervisors in the Australian General Practice Training Program (AGPT), in 2023.
Professional development requirements for current supervisors
All currently accredited GP supervisors will have their previous professional development (PD) recognised by RACGP.
The College intends to develop education resources to assist supervisors to fulfil tasks that are likely to be slightly different in RACGP’s training program. Examples of likely topics to be included in the ‘on-boarding’ education include the tasks associated with the assessment program, reporting requirements, and accessing the registrar’s training management system. Completion of this targeted education will be the focus of PD for supervisors in 2023.
A principle accepted by the RACGP is that any mandated supervisor professional development should be paid. Until the budget for supervisor professional development is finalised, the mandatory requirements for professional development of supervisors and the supervisory team cannot be set. Whatever the mandatory requirement is, a supervisor may still elect to complete more education than the minimum required to maintain accreditation.
The current intention is for professional development payments to be made to the practice according to the number of registrars in the practice, the training level of the registrars, and the location of the practice. The practice will then be able to determine how it wishes to fund the professional development of the supervisory team in their practice and what activities it plans to undertake.
RACGP will offer and support a blend of supervisor PD opportunities. In addition to online modules and webinars RACGP intends to conduct regional workshops and convene local ‘communities of practice’. In recognition of the value of peer-learning, there will also be support for in-practice supervisor professional development.
Professional development requirements for new supervisors
From 2023 GPs wishing to become a GP supervisor will be required to complete a Foundations of Supervision course before being accredited as a supervisor. Completion of the course will also be acknowledged and accepted by ACRRM for supervisors of ACRRM registrars.
The Foundations of Supervision course consists of eight modules. While they can be completed entirely online, most new supervisors will complete the course by a combination of online and face-to-face workshops. Depending on the pathway taken, the course will take one to two days to complete.
New primary supervisors must complete the first seven modules before their registrar commences. The final module is designed to reinforce learning in the earlier modules and is completed 6-12 months after the registrar commences. New secondary supervisors will be required to complete the three modules most relevant to their role prior to commencement with the remaining five modules, to be completed over a three-year period.
All new supervisors will be required to have recently completed cultural awareness training such as that available through GP learning.