Named Clinical Supervisors

Role of the Named Clinical Supervisor, (CS)

  • Each trainee should have a named clinical supervisor for each placement.
  • A CS is a trainer who is selected and appropriately trained to be responsible for overseeing a specified trainee's clinical work and providing constructive feedback during a training placement.
  • Some training schemes appoint an Educational Supervisor for each placement. The roles of Clinical and Educational Supervisor may then be merged.
  • The CS should meet the trainee at regular intervals throughout the placement.
  • The CS is often asked to produce a CS report at the end of the placement.

Training Requirements to become a Named Clinical Supervisor

Before starting as a named clinical supervisor you will need to complete the following minimum training

  1. Complete the clinical supervisor online training /page.php?id=1512
  2. Your role as a named clinical supervisor should be clearly documented in your job plan, and your annual PDP should reflect this important role in the training of the future workforce. Health Education England - East Midlands (HEE EM) is recommending that a minimum of 0.125 PAs per trainee is needed for this role.
  3. If you are a named clinical supervisor in secondary care for a GP trainee you should also complete the online learning module The Clinical Supervisor's Report for the MRCGP. This should take 20 minutes.
  4. You may wish to access some of the free online modules on These include modules on the ARCP process, hospital and GP training, and trainees in difficulty. These should help you in your role as a clinical supervisor.

You will also need to remain up to date with equality and diversity training.

Equality and Diversity Training 

All named clinical and educational supervisors should also remain up to date with equality and diversity training. Various options exist for this including an online course on or through HEE EM (/page.php?id=661).

This needs to be completed every 3 years.

Remaining up to date as a Named Clinical Supervisor in the East Midlands

Every 5 year Revalidation cycle you need to demonstrate that you have undertaken CPD that covers domains 1-4 and 7 of the GMC standards for trainers. This can be done by repeating the online training, or you can access alternative equivalent training. We will ensure that the HEE EM online course is kept updated to reflect the changes within Postgraduate medical education. An individual trust (Local Education Provider) or Speciality School may provide alternative face to face clinical supervisor training.

Your role as named clinical supervisor should be discussed annually in your appraisal and should be in your job plan. There is an expectation that your role as named clinical supervisor is reflected in your PDP and CPD over the 5 year revalidation cycle.    

Within each 5 year cycle you should assimilate and accommodate updates on Clinical Supervision into your practice. These updates may come from HEE EM, your DME or your College. Please note if you do not update and provide this evidence to your trust, (Local Education Provider) you should not act as a named clinical supervisor. If you are out of date with your clinical supervisor training updates you should repeat the online training.

As a named clinical supervisor you can of course access courses for named educational supervisors, which cover a variety of education topics in more detail.

Information for trainers who are Named Clinical and Named Educational Supervisor

If you are also a named Educational supervisor in the East Midlands you do not need to complete these requirements, as the training to become an Educational supervisor covers these topics in more detail.