Become a GP supervisor/training facility
Why would you?
Sharing your knowledge and expertise training GP Registrars helps ensure Australia’s future supply of highly skilled GPs.
Some of the benefits of training GP Registrars within your practice may include:
- Teaching adds another dimension to your professional career, as well as professional development and networking opportunities
- Having an extra doctor in the practice can benefit your patients with additional consultation times
- GP Registrars often bring new ideas and enthusiasm into a practice. Many supervisors are surprised to find it is a two-way learning experience with registrars bringing the latest clinical treatment information
What’s involved in being a supervisor/training facility?
As most of a GP registrar’s training takes place in a general practice, GP supervisors play an essential role in their development into a confident and competent GP.
Supervisors have four key areas of responsibility:
- Supervision: Supervisors are required to be on-site for a percentage of the time the registrar is in practice, depending on their stage of training.
- Teaching: Supervisors are required to provide in-practice teaching to registrars. This may include formal teaching activities, as well as informal activities such as direct observation, corridor consultations and case audits. The amount of teaching required will depend on the registrars’ stage of training.
- Continuing professional development: Supervisors are required to maintain their continuing professional development as an educator. They can participate in a variety of CPD activities, which are valuable educational and networking opportunities
- Administration: Supervisors are required to participate in activities such as providing formal feedback to registrars, maintaining activity logs, and advertising training vacancies.
Standards and guidelines
Guidelines on supervision and teaching are developed by the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) and the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM). These standards ensure a safe, quality training experience for GP registrars.
All GP Synergy training posts and supervisors are accredited against these standards.
These requirements, and those required by GP Synergy, are summarised in the GP Synergy Codes, Principles and Recommendations:
- Codes, Principles and Recommendations
- Royal Australian College of General Practice Practitioners Vocational Training Standards
- Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine Vocational Training Standards
Checklist for practices before applying:
Before applying to become a training practice, ask yourself the following questions:
- Am I ready to commit to teaching?
- Do I have the time each week in my schedule to set aside for teaching?
- Is the practice AGPAL/GPA accredited?
- Is there sufficient consulting space available for a registrar to work in?
- Does my practice offer a wide range of clinical services and procedures to ensure the registrar has a positive experience in general practice?
- Have I read the GP Synergy Codes, Principles and Recommendations document and agree to the requirements of teaching?
- Am I comfortable with the understanding that being accredited does not guarantee I will receive a registrar?
If you have answered yes to all of the above, you are ready to apply for accreditation as a training practice with GP Synergy!
For more information, please contact GP Synergy on 1300 477 963 or firstname.lastname@example.org. This website will also give you information on the Registrar placement process, how to apply and the steps involved in becoming a training practice and a GP Supervisor.
If you would like support for your GP Registrar whilst they are on rotation in general practice or more information on becoming a GP Supervisor/Training Facility, please contact Jan Sadler at CESPHN on 9330 9926 or email at email@example.com.