Become a GP supervisor
Help us train the next generation of GPs.
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.
Teaching and supervision
Although often spoken of together, supervision and teaching are two different, although, overlapping components of the GP supervisor role.
The teaching component includes:
- delivery of formal and informal (opportunistic or corridor) practice-based teaching
- consultation review and feedback
- procedural and essential skills training.
The supervision component focuses on:
- accessibility and availability for support and the informal teaching
- monitoring of patient load to ensure appropriate volume and variety for the GP registrar's experience
- ensuring adequate time for learning
- supporting the doctor-in-training to plan their learning
- providing formal and informal assessment and feedback.
- 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.
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:
- Minimum of one full-time general practitioner (principal supervisor) with previous teaching experience must be working at the site.
- 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)
- The GP supervisor's responsibilities
As a GP supervisor, you and the training facility adhere to ACRRM and/or the RACGP education and training standards to ensure GP registrars have all that is needed to successfully complete their training in general practice.
Your primary role as a GP supervisor are:
- ensure the GP registrar receives a comprehensive orientation to the training facility at the start of their placement
- provide the appropriate level of on-site supervision for the GP registrar's level of training
- provide the appropriate level of in-practice teaching for the GP registrar's term level
- assist the GP registrar to develop a learning plan.
- GP registrars' curricula
Both ACRRM and the RACGP have a curriculum for AGPT training. Each identifies the knowledge and skills required for a registrar to be competent to practise unsupervised anywhere in Australia. In addition, both colleges have curricula for Advanced Skills training, as well as identifying practical/procedural skills required for general practice.
These are useful documents to help:
ACRRM Curriculum and Requirements
ACRRM Guide for Supervisors
ACRRM Procedural Skills logbook
RACGP Curriculum for Australian General Practice
RACGP Essential FARGP and ARST Curriculum Information
RACGP Essential Skills Log (please contact the RACGP directly to request a copy)
- GP education
WAGPET's education program for GP registrars aims to:
- provide opportunities to meet the curriculum requirements of ACRRM and RACGP
- consider the learning needs of a diverse group of urban and rural doctors
- deliver education using a variety of modalities in a multitude of settings
- utilise the expert experience of health professionals in Western Australia and further afield
- promote vertically-integrated and adult-learning principles
- support contextual education in our practice environments by GP supervisors
- ensure GP registrars have opportunities to explore medical research, evaluation and teaching opportunities
- deliver an integrated education and assessment program, built around assessment for learning.
The development of the education program has been based on a review of the RACGP and ACRRM curricula, keeping in mind the most appropriate methods of delivery for each education discipline. For more information, read the Training Facility Handbook.
- Practice-based teaching
Practice-based teaching can be formal or informal (corridor or opportunistic) and practice-centred (focused on what practice and doctors specifically offers) or learner-centred (identified by the learner's needs).
The requirements at each training level are outlined in the Training Facility Handbook.
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.