Supervisor Role

We run an introductory workshop for new supervisors in the spring of every year and a pre-placement workshop for those having a trainee. Supervisors are also invited to attend bi-annual supervisors’ committee meetings containing CPD. In addition, supervisors are invited to attend relevant academic programme events in the teaching block prior to the placement or in integrated teaching days. Clinical supervisors are required to complete a database form indicating when they have attended training or refresher training as well as a description of what their service/placement offers for trainees (pre-placement audit). This is updated by the Programme Administrator every six months and is accessible for trainees when they come to plan their placements ahead of Year 3.

In years one and two (and possibly in year three), most trainees will have two supervisors from different specialisms in which the trainee will be gaining experience during the year. The balance of work across the two specialisms over three days a week (Weds-Friday) will be individually negotiated between the trainee and supervisors, assisted by the clinical tutor where necessary. The work balance as far as possible will depend on trainees’ previous strengths, prior experiences and current learning needs and service opportunities/needs.  In most cases the trainee undertakes more work in one specialism than the other, but overall by the end of each year the trainee will need to meet learning outcomes in each specialism as specified in the competence and experience documentation.

It is expected that supervisors attend the pre-placement event offered to them prior to taking a trainee so they can prepare for the trainee joining their service. Supervisors will be inducting their trainees in the two/three placement induction days preceding each placement year.

During these days, trainees would normally:

  1. meet the supervisors and begin to discuss trainee’s strengths and learning needs so as to set up goals for the placement (taking into account feedback from previous placement periods if this is not the first placement);
  2. find out from the supervisors about possible experiences available and plan supervision agreement;
  3. begin an induction into the work teams, to include introductions to key team members, team policy/trust policy (e.g., on diversity, equal opportunities and risk assessments) and to trainees from other professional groups within the service; clarification of the resources for the placement (e.g., desk, phone, secretarial support, filing cabinet space etc); practicalities such as parking permits if needed, plan the general placement outline;
  4. spend time with, alongside or shadowing service users and carers
  5. observe and shadow the supervisor/s at work;
  6. begin work on setting up a case load;
  7. engage in activities related to the Problem-Based Learning (PBL) exercise for the academic component of the programme as required and the SSRP for the research component.

Supervisors evaluate trainees' competencies, evaluate their portfolio of experiences and observe their trainees in Year 1, Year 2 and Year 3.They also sign off attendance at placement, sick leave, study leave and annual leave.

Please also find a Self-Assessment Document (Placement Provider Quality Assessment Document) and a (Placement Audit Form (Supervisor)) for your use.