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What needs to be in a GP Clinical Supervisor's Report?

The CSR should be completed by the named Clinical Supervisor (who is usually a Consultant in the speciality/GP Trainer in the Practice and they must have been identified at the start of the placement). The CS should use evidence from all aspects relating to the post including assessments completed, informal case discussions and feedback from staff and colleagues.

The CSR brings together the competencies under four headings:

Relationships

Diagnostics

Management

Professionalism

Trainees should be rated against each of the competencies. There is an assumption that all trainees will need further development and you are therefore encouraged to rate them against their peers at the same stage of training.

If a trainee is performing above expectations, please make sure this is recorded and commented on to help provide evidence for progression through panel. However, it is unlikely that ST1s or ST2s will be ‘excellent’, for this rating to be given they would have to be exceeding expectations by a long way and this end of the scale should be used to allow these exceptional trainees to demonstrate their level of ability.

All sections of the CSR have to be completed including the comments boxes which is where the real value for trainees and Educational Supervisors is found. The Educational Supervisors Report relies heavily on the quality of information provided in the CSR and detailed CSRs are very much appreciated by Educational Supervisors.

If there are any resolved or unresolved Significant events or capability concerns involving the trainee please make sure the Training Programme Directors are informed, preferably at the time of the event but especially if these are being reported on the CSR.

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