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Training for clinical supervisors of interns

Online Level 1 Clinical Supervision Skills Course

The Medical Council of New Zealand (Council) have released an online supervision skills course (level 1) for clinical supervisors of interns. This is an introductory or refresher course, to supplement training for supervisors provided by DHBs and medical colleges. The supervisor training course is available for all clinical supervisors and prevocational educational supervisors from the ePort platform – you will need to be logged into ePort to access the modules.
As part of the implementation of the new prevocational medical training requirements, Council coordinated 29 workshops and trained over 900 clinical supervisors. Providing an online course will ensure ease of access for all clinical supervisors and prevocational educational supervisors.

The online course includes: 

  1. A series of three short interactive videos presented by Connect Communications, that each include self-reflective exercises:
    - Supervision styles.
    - How to give feedback.
    - The challenge of low insight and debriefing a critical incident.
  2. A demonstration on how to give feedback.
  3. A web-based tutorial on ePort functionality (presented by Council staff).

Please contact Antonia O’Leary if you have any questions regarding the online supervisor course in ePort.

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Level 2 Applied Clinical Supervision Course

Connect Communications are offering DHBs and medical colleges the opportunity to provide a level 2 course.

About the Level 2 Applied Clinical Supervision Course

Perhaps you have found the level 1 videos straight-forward and are wondering "How would I manage a more challenging scenario?" You might realise you would like to feel more confident when talking with an intern who has a significant illness that is affecting their performance, or know how to talk to an intern who is defensive and seems disengaged. The Level 2 Applied Clinical Supervision Course can help you with these issues in a practical workshop environment. This face-to-face course will give you the opportunity to ask questions, to fine-tune your skills in a practical way, and to focus on your particular areas of concern. 

This Level 2 Course can be hosted by either your DHB or your College. It involves a short two-hour workshop, usually held either in your workplace during CME time, or as part of your annual College conference.

“Connect have been running Supervision Skills courses for the Medical Council for the last 10 years. We highly recommend their courses, and endorse the content as extremely relevant to Clinical Supervisors. You can be confident that the Level 2 Applied Supervision Skills course will be enjoyable, practical and tailor made to fulfil your needs."– Medical Council of New Zealand 

If you would like some further information about the level 2 course, please contact Renske van den Brink or visit their website


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