F2 GP Supervisors Development Day Exeter July 2014 – Evaluation Report


The GP development day is an annual half day event hosted by the Peninsula Foundation School for F2 supervisors in General Practice, and delivered in two venues. The Exeter session was held at the Devon Hotel and delivered by Georgia Jones, Head of Peninsula Foundation School and Guy Harrill, GP Exeter Training Programme Director. The aims of the event were to enable GP supervisors to share experiences, build on their knowledge and skills as educationalists and receive feedback and an update from the Foundation school. 9 GP F2 supervisors from across the Peninsula attended the event.


  • Foundation School Update
  • Hot topics discussion
  • Resilience in trainees
  • Case discussion

Evaluation from supervisors

After the event, supervisors were asked to complete an evaluation form. 7 (78%) completed forms were returned. Attendees were asked 5 questions and their responses indicated that, as a result of the event:

100% have identified the successes of and challenges to supervision for foundation year doctors.
100% have developed their ideas on the best practice of supervision, based on the experience of the group.
100% have identified and developed their competence in one area of supervision.
100% have identified areas for further development.
100% are aware of the current developments affecting the foundation programme

The supervisors were asked to rate particular aspects of the event as “poor”, “average”, “very good” or “excellent”.

Course content was rated as excellent by 43%, and very good by 57%.
Course style was rated as excellent by 43% and very good by 57%.
Course venue was rated as excellent by 57%, and very good by 43%

The supervisors were asked ‘What did you find most beneficial to you?’ and their comments are shown below:

  • Sharing information with peers – supervision can feel a bit lonely at times
  • Share experiences
  • Discussing resilience
  • Meeting other trainers/ clinical supervisors
  • Talking about resilience
  • Resilience tips

The supervisors were asked to comment on how the day could be improved:

  • Perhaps more small group work around the challenges

Additional comments

  • Another review of giving feedback for next time
  • Excellent. One of the most useful F2 days. Thank you
  • Thank you

Summary and recommendations

The 7 GP F2 Supervisors who attended the development event and completed the evaluation form rated the course content and style as very good or excellent. All of the supervisors developed their ideas on the best practice of supervision and
identified the successes of and challenges to supervision for foundation year doctors.

The evaluation confirms that the supervisors value the opportunity to meet each other and share their experiences. The supervisors particularly valued the section on resilience.

The Foundation School will consider the following ideas when planning for future events:

  • To include additional group work to discuss challenging situations
  • A review of how to give feedback effectively

The evaluation indicates that this event was an effective way to meet the objectives of the Foundation School and to support the supervisors who are working with F2 doctors in General Practice. It also confirms there is a demand for similar development events in the future.

Natalie Band
Foundation School Administrator
August 2014