F2 GP Supervisors Development Day Truro June 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 Truro session was held at the Royal Cornwall Hospital and delivered by Georgia Jones, Head of Peninsula Foundation School and Chris Cuff, GP Associate Dean. 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. 11 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. 6 (55%) completed forms were returned. Attendees were asked 5 questions and their responses indicated that, as a result of the event:

100% said they 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 years 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 67%, and very good by 33%.

Course style was rated as excellent by 67% and very good by 33%.

Course venue was rated as excellent by 33%, very good by 50% and average by 17%.

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

• Updating and interacting
• Very helpful to have an update from Georgia and a very interesting talk from Dr Chris Cuff
• Meeting with others
• General chat about F2s and problems faced
• Update on future developments
• Chatting with other supervisors about their issues
• Tips on how to help struggling trainees
• Good talk by Chris Cuff

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

• More time
• Most of the people there came from Devon or East Cornwall. A more easterly venue would be better
• A full day session
• Keeping updated on the training required

Additional comments

• No drinks with sandwiches
• Like last year no decaffeinated drinks were available
• Always useful and helpful to meet and to hear what’s happening and how other supervisors supervise their F2 doctors
• A very useful, informative and enjoyable morning. Thank you and thanks for lunch too

Summary and recommendations

The 6 GP 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 based on the group 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, share their experiences, be updated and develop ideas.

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

• Investigate alternative venues in Cornwall based on the attendees
• An optional extra afternoon session
• Catering improvements

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