Longitudinal Educational Supervision

A Pilot at Evelina London Children’s Hospital

Authors

  • Deborah Davidson Evelina London Children's Hospital
  • Sharon Roberts Evelina London Childrens' Hospital
  • Siobhan Jaques Evelina London Children's Hospital
  • Martin Laque Evelina London Childrens' Hospital

Keywords:

Longitudinal Supervision, Educational Supervision, Supervision

Abstract

Background:

The RCPCH’s document “Paediatrician of the future: delivering really good training” introduces longitudinal educational supervision; Supervisors will have a persistent role enabling a stronger relationship between supervisor and trainee and allowing a more individualised approach to supervision. The London School of Paediatrics plans to introduce this concept. We undertook a pilot of longitudinal supervision at the Evelina London Children’s Hospital (ELCH)

Methods:

We identified junior doctors working at ELCH for more than one rotation and offered them opportunity to retain their current supervisor. We conducted a survey at the beginning and end of the pilot period, collecting qualitative and quantitative data. 

Results:

  • 14 out of 33 eligible junior doctors opted in
  • The commonest reason given for opting in was a good working relationship with their supervisor
  • The commonest reasons given for opting out included increased meetings and paperwork, and supervisors outside the specialty aligned with personal career ambitions
  • Of the participants who opted in, 7 completed the follow-up survey:
  • 7 had a positive experience
  • 6 would like the RCPCH or LSP to offer longitudinal supervision
  • 2 reported there were too many meetings.
  • 6 reported an overlap between clinical and educational supervisor roles
  • 6 would prefer longitudinal supervision to be offered as opt-in rather than opt-out citing concerns regarding repercussions of not choosing a supervisor

Analysis:

There was a positive response to the pilot. Although limited by small sample size valuable qualitative data was obtained. There is a need for clarity and streamlining the roles of educational and clinical supervisors. 

Author Biographies

Deborah Davidson, Evelina London Children's Hospital

ST3 General Paediatrics 

Sharon Roberts , Evelina London Childrens' Hospital

Consultant General Paediatrican 

College Tutor London School of Paediatrics 

 

Siobhan Jaques, Evelina London Children's Hospital

Consultant Neonatologist 

College Tutor Londson School of Paediatrics 

Martin Laque , Evelina London Childrens' Hospital

Consultant Paediatrician Paediatrics Accident and Emergency Department 

College Tutor London School of Paediatrics 

References

Paediatrician of the future: Delivering really good training

Mando Watson, Yvonne Savage, Jenni Thompson

October 2020

https://www.rcpch.ac.uk/sites/default/files/2021-03/rcpch-paediatrician-of-the-future-delivering-really-good-training.pdf

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Published

28-02-2022

How to Cite

Davidson, D., Roberts , S. ., Jaques, S. ., & Laque , M. . (2022). Longitudinal Educational Supervision: A Pilot at Evelina London Children’s Hospital. London Paediatrics, 1(1). Retrieved from https://journal.londonpaediatrics.co.uk/index.php/1/article/view/22