AGPT practice and supervisor handbook

For supervisors

Provide orientation and initial supervision

Provide orientation and initial supervision

A well-planned, comprehensive orientation to the practice and the local environment is an essential task for the supervisory team to undertake together with the practice manager and other practice staff.

Use this recommended orientation checklist to guide your orientation activities. GPSA have additional supporting checklists and timelines available on their website to support you with preparing for and welcoming a registrar to your practice.

Registrars come to their placements with varying levels of experience and clinical competency. Until you’re aware of your registrar’s abilities and are confident that they will call for help when they should, it is likely that all their consultations will need review. This may be achieved by:

  • sitting in and observing their consultations
  • attending or having a phone call at the end of each consultation
  • scheduling time to discuss all consultations at the end of the session or day.

Once you are confident that routine review of all consultations is no longer necessary, give your registrar some guidance about when they are expected to call for supervision. To help inform this discussion, your registrar will have received the ‘call for help’ list – a list of clinical problems that past registrars and supervisors have considered warrant a call for help. Your registrar has also been asked to complete a self-assessment of their confidence to manage these clinical problems. This self-assessment, combined with any other available assessments and your knowledge of your registrar’s previous experience should inform a conversation about when they should call for help. The answer to the question ‘When should the registrar call for help?’ is one of the three questions to be answered to create your registrar’s clinical supervision plan.