All Clinical and Educational Supervisors must attend to their ongoing professional development as trainers to maintain their accreditation.

Continuing Professional Development – Educational Supervisors

Training should be focused on skills development and education.

Although we provide a suite of CPD training courses covering a number of topics and skills, there is the option of Educational Supervisors doing other courses (provided internally and externally) counting towards CPD if they met the desired criteria. Other options that supervisors can use as part of their on-going CPD is as follows (please note, this is not a complete list, but gives examples of educational meetings and courses:

  • Royal College and other Medical Society seminars/conferences that offer supervision/educational content.
  • College Tutor training
  • Examiner/assessor training
  • Medical School teacher/tutor training
  • ARCP panel member
  • Specialty School education updates
  • Postgrad Centre/Trust education updates
  • HEE-SW Joint education conference
  • BMA/GMC events
  • Modules 1-7 (Severn), 1-5 (Peninsula) supervisor programme (if other CPD was sued to accredit the initial series)
  • GP Practice visit
  • Foundation Developmental days


The requirement to maintain accreditation for an Educational Supervisor is one day of CPD every two years or half a day each year or combination of both within the recommended GMCs 5 year period; totally 2 ½ days of recognised CPD within the recommended GMCs 5 year period. If the required CPD is not undertaken the supervisor would be advised of this and requested to undertake the training in order to maintain their accreditation status. If no CPD has been done after 5 years since initial accreditation, the Educational Supervisor will have to repeat the full initial Educational Supervisor training to enable re-accreditation.

The educational role should be assessed as part of the individual’s Trust annual appraisal process. CPD requirements and ongoing accreditation should be discussed in this meeting.

Continuing Professional Development – Clinical Supervisors

The requirement to maintain accreditation for a named clinical supervisor is half a day of CPD every 2 years within the recommended GMCs 5 year period, totalling 1 ½ days over the recommended GMCs 5 year period. CPD events as above under Educational Supervisors. If the required CPD is not undertaken the supervisor would be advised of this and requested to undertake the training in order to maintain their accreditation status. If no CPD has been done after 5 years since initial accreditation, the Clinical Supervisor will have to repeat the full initial Clinical Supervisor training to enable re-accreditation.

All supervisors, both ‘named’ Clinical Supervisors and Educational Supervisors must renew their Equality and Diversity training each 3 years.