FSP Supervision Guidelines

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Date Updated: 2023-02-13

Are supervisors a requirement for FSP?

Yes, all applicants are required to submit supervisor details during their application for Fellowship Support Program (FSP) and RACGP will verify if the supervisor is eligible.

Am I eligible to be a supervisor?

A supervisor under FSP is a certified doctor, and is responsible for the registrar who is still under training. Supervisors make sure that registrars get the education and guidance they need while they work at the practice.

There are 2 kinds of supervisors, specifically: the primary supervisor and the secondary supervisor. The primary supervisor is wholly responsible for the FSP registrar while the secondary supervisor is only considered as the deputy in case the primary supervisor is out.

Based on the RACGP Guidelines, you supervisors must have: 

  • Fellowship of either RACGP and/or ACRRM
  • Full and unrestricted registration as a specialist GP under the AHPRA
  • At least 4 years of experience working in general practice in Australia (two years post-Fellowship) and show evidence of current professional development
  • Evidence of participation in continuing professional development
  • A position in which they work at the same location as the registrar

If you’re a primary supervisor, you must also complete:

  • An interview with the local Medical Educator (ME)
  • Learning modules for new supervisors
  • Cultural awareness and cultural safety training

The FSP Application Handbook indicates the following can be considered for FSP supervision roles:

  • Approved supervisor – accredited to train AGPT registrars
  • Provisionally approved – not accredited to train AGPT registrars but an existing AHPRA supervisor with an FRACGP
  • Note: If you already have a supervisor as part of your AHPRA requirements, they can continue to support you during the FSP

If you’re provisionally approved, then RACGP will review their eligibility and work with them through the accreditation process, but keep in mind that this is on a case-by-case basis.

If you’re still unsure, you can ask yourself the following questions since RACGP will review these details:

  • Am I accredited?
  • Am I located at one of my registrar’s nominated FSP practice/practices?
  • Do I have the following details:
    • Full Name, 
    • RACGP ID, 
    • Practice information, 
    • Medical registration number, 
    • Fellowship details, 
    • Phone number, and 
    • Email address

What do supervisors do?

  1. Develop Plans

Throughout the program, supervisors are expected to create, monitor, implement their supervision plan and teaching plan.

  • Supervision Plan – indicated when, who, and how to call for supervision or help.
  • Teaching Plan – is the educational supervision where supervisors teach the registrar through case discussions, direct observation case analysis, and more.

  1. Feedback and Assessment

Supervisors must also support, evaluate, and look after the registrar in order to give them proper advice.

  • Education activities – The supervisor must be able to give feedback based on registrar’s educational activities.
  • Progressive assessment and workplace-based assessment – Supervisors must also help the registrars in the assessment reports when they need to complete the Early Assessment for Safety and Learning (EASL) and Workplace-Based Assessment (WBA).

  1. Supervision

As stated by RACGP, supervisors are required to provide clinical supervision and educational supervision.

  • First 2 weeks – The supervisor should meet with the registrar 1 hour per day in order to observe them during consultations and give them feedback.
  • After the first 2 weeks – The supervisor must meet with the registrar 1 hour per fortnight for the first year, and 1 hour per month for the second year mainly for in-practice teaching.

Core Tasks

RACGP further specifies that during the course of the FSP, supervisors must do the following:

  • orientating a registrar to the practice
  • supervising the registrar’s initial consultations
  • developing and monitoring a clinical supervision plan
  • providing ‘as needed’ supervision
  • developing an in-practice teaching plan
  • providing regular uninterrupted teaching sessions
  • giving regular feedback
  • completing required assessments
  • coordinating the supervisory team (primary supervisor)
  • supporting and advocating for the registrar with the training site and the RACGP
  • evaluating the education and supervision provided

Remote Supervision

Supervisors may also work remotely, and are called remote supervisors.  There are different models of remote supervision that RACGP defined, namely: remote supervision, blended supervision, satellite supervision, and group supervision. All must undergo a CRSPP interview to ensure the supervisor is suitable for the registrar.

  • Remote Supervision is where the remote supervisor guides the registrar from another area in Australia, but has prior work experience in the training site location.
  • Blended supervision is the combination of onsite and offsite. The remote supervisor oversees the registrar in the same location for a while and also supervises remotely at certain times.
  • Satellite supervision refers to the remote supervisor looking after the registrar from a location that is close by and sometimes meets with the registrar face-to-face.
  • Group supervision is where there are many remote supervisors that manage different registrars from a remote location as they make sure that supervision support is accessible at all times.

Payments to supervisors

You will be paid $150 plus GSTper hour for each FSP registrar due to educational supervision or in-practice education:

  • First 2 weeks – The supervisor should meet with the registrar 1 hour per day in order to observe them during consultations and give them feedback, as part of the Early Assessment of Safety and Learning (EASL), 10 hours total.
  • During GPT1 and GPT2 – Conduct weekly or fortnightly meetings (30 minutes or 60 minutes respectively)
  • During GPT3 and GPT4 – Provide educational supervision to the FSP registrar for 1 hour per month. 

For the submission of six-monthly Supervisor Report on the FSP registrar’s performance, you will receive $150 plus GST and super per report submitted. If you have more than one registrars, you’ll be remunerated for each report, per registrar.

RACGP will pay you monthly for your educational supervision, but if you don’t follow the codes and principles, it could also slow down the payment process.

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