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.

Training facility accreditation process

The training practice/facility accreditation process can take between one to two months and is summarised below:

  1. The interested practice contacts the Central Team at WAGPET.
  2. If the practice meets the initial criteria, and wishes to proceed with the application, they will be sent accreditation paperwork for completion.
  3. The practice completes the accreditation paperwork and returns this with supporting documentation to WAGPET.
  4. WAGPET reviews the information provided by the practice.

The information provided is reviewed against both WAGPET and College (ACRRM and/or RACGP) standards to determine whether all criteria are met.

Criteria includes, but is not limited to:

  • Number of existing training facilities in the area and fill rate per semester
  • Training facility/supervisor motivation
  • Registrar training opportunities
  • Demonstrated supervision and/or teaching experience
  • Patient demographics
  • Registrar identified need

If the practice meets the minimum criteria, WAGPET arranges a visit to the practice. The purpose being to meet staff, view the facility, outline education and training requirements, and run through the practice's contractual obligations within the program.
If the required standards are met, WAGPET will approve the practice to be granted Accreditation and forward a recommendation to the relevant College for endorsement.

Once endorsed, the training facility's capacity for GP registrar positions will be advertised to GP registrars.

Accreditation overview
  • Accreditation of a practice 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.

Practices accredited with ACRRM and/or RACGP must meet the standards set out by the College/s. Practices must identify a principal supervisor and it is preferred that the practice also nominates additional supervisors as well.

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 training facilities and GP supervisors, 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.

Accreditation requirements

Practices can choose to be accredited by one, or both, of the Colleges to train GP registrars.

ACRRM Accreditation

Rural practices and GPs who meet the ACRRM standards for training facilities and GP trainers in rural and remote medicine can apply to WAGPET for consideration as a training practice.

The ACRRM criteria for a training facility include:

  • Located in a rural or remote location (RA 2-5)
  • Provide appropriate training resources and be suitably equipped to support teaching
  • Have a documented teaching plan and provide structured dedicated clinical teaching
  • Provide a range of clinical learning opportunities

The ACRRM criteria for a GP supervisor include:

Sufficient qualifications to act as a supervisor or mentor
Minimum of five years general practice experience in a rural or remote setting
Demonstrated commitment and abilities as a teacher.

Please read the ACRRM Standards for Supervisors and Teaching Posts for full details of the standards to be met by GPs and practices to become involved in rural general practice training. 

RACGP accreditation

The RACGP accredits practices at one of two levels.

Level 1:

Training facilities accredited at this level can host registrars at all levels of training.  Registrars in their first two GP training terms, GPT1/PRRT1 and GPT2/PRRT2, require additional supervision, education and support from their supervisor and this is reflected in the criteria.

Level 2:

Training facilities accredited at this level are only accredited to host GP registrars in their third GP training term and beyond (GPT3/PRRT3, Extended Skills and Awaiting Fellowship).

Please refer to the RACGP website for the College's current standards for trainers and training facilities.
 

How to apply

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

The minimum criteria are as follows:

  • The practice or facilitymust 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 fulltime 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 CentralTeam 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.