How to Become a GP Supervisor

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How to Become a GP Supervisor

Why become a GP supervisor?

If you have a passion for education and a desire to share your GP skills with the future GP workforce, then becoming a GP supervisor can be a very rewarding experience. It provides you with the chance to up-skill as an educator, keep abreast of innovations in the field, and creates an atmosphere of teaching and learning across the entire practice.

The time you need to spend with GP registrars depends upon their level of training, but the education component is not solely up to you to deliver. Other GPs and allied health practitioners can all contribute to providing the education required by GP registrars. Your job is to ensure their experience whilst placed at your practice prepares them to become competent and confident GPs.

Fill out the form below and we'll be in touch to help you through the accreditation process.

Download the Supervisor Accreditation Form

Accreditation overview

Accreditation of a GP supervisor for AGPT indicates that the supervisor and the practice are able and willing to provide GP registrars with the level of supervision, teaching and educational experience to support their progress through the Australian General Practice Training program. The GP supervisor must be an experienced GP, who is able to mentor the registrar.

A principal supervisor must be identified for every accredited practice. It is preferred that the practice also nominates additional supervisors as well.

The accreditation of practices is with ACRRM and/or RACGP, and to become accredited, practices must meet the standards set out by the College/s. 

ACRRM training facility standards

RACGP training facility standards

Accreditation is granted for a period of three years following approval. If there are any changes to the details of your original accreditation application, including training supervisor and practice manager positions, WAGPET is to be notified immediately in writing.

WAGPET undertakes ongoing monitoring and assessment of all accredited GP supervisors and training facilities, and conducts a formal reaccreditation review every three years to ensure the College standards continue to be met.

Supervisors should be aware that accreditation is site-specific and they are not able to transfer accreditation from one practice to another. If a supervisor moves to a new practice and wishes to continue supervising registrars on the program, an application for accreditation will need to be submitted for the new practice.

How to apply

To become an accredited GP supervisor, you will first need to speak with WAGPET to express your interest in hosting registrars and/or prevocational doctors. Your practice and the GPs in employment there will need to meet basic eligibility criteria before an application will be sent to you.

The minimum criteria are as follows:

  • The practice or facility must have, or be in the process for acquiring AGPAL or GPA accreditation or be in a rural location
  • The training facility must offer a wide range of learning opportunities.
  • Outer metropolitan and regional practices located in RA 2-5 areas are preferred due to training requirements. Inner metropolitan practices will be considered, however, conditions will apply
  • Minimum of one full-time general practitioner (principal supervisor) with previous teaching experience must be working at the site.
  • At least one additional supervisor is preferred.
  • All supervisors must meet the minimum ACRRM and/or RACGP requirements.
  • All GPs supervising GP registrars must have full, unconditional registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA)

WAGPET has accredited training practices throughout the state and we are unable to guarantee a constant supply of GP registrars. GP registrars choose their own training placements through negotiations with the practice. Some training vacancies may remain unfilled for a full training semester (26 week period).

For more information, or to express an interest in becoming an accredited training facility, please contact a member of the Central Team on (08) 9473 8200 or email central@wagpet.com.au.

What is an Accredited Training Facility?

GP registrars must work in accredited training facilities during their involvement with the Australian General Practice Training (AGPT) program. Training facilities are accredited by either ACRRM or the RACGP (or both) depending on their location and the range of experience they can offer the GP registrar.

 

Find out more about training facility accreditation