RACGP and ACRRM have a set of vocational training standards outlining what GP supervisors are expected to do to achieve accreditation.
Training providers are responsible for ensuring GP supervisors and their practices meet these standards and oversee supervisors’ continuing professional development.
The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners has set the following standards for a supervisor to be eligible for accreditation:Full and unrestricted registration as a specialist GP under Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) Professional involvement in the broader general practice profession
- Fellowship of the RACGP (FRACGP) is preferred (but not essential) and
- Participation in continuing professional development, in particular, aimed at improving performance as a general practice educator.
The Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine has set the following standards for a supervisor to be eligible for accreditation:Current full and unrestricted registration with the National Medical Board of Australia, Fellowship of ACRRM, or possessing experience and qualifications that are assessed by ACRRM to be equivalent
- Not less than five years of full-time equivalent experience in rural and remote medicine or other rural specialist practice (including training time) for primary supervisors.
- The ability to act as an appropriate role model, exhibiting a high standard of clinical competence, communication skills and professional values in relation to patient care.
- Demonstrated commitment to ongoing professional development.
NTGPE manages the accreditation process and has set these five steps as requirements to be part of the supervision community:
- Training post submits the NTGPE Training Post Accreditation Application Form and the associated GP supervisor(s) submit the NTGPE GP Supervisor Accreditation Application Form to firstname.lastname@example.org with their required supporting documentation.
- Training post site visit by NTGPE accreditation team members and discussion with the practice manager and GP supervisors.
- Review of application, site visit and discussion by the NTGPE’s accreditation committee overseeing accreditation and recommendation sent to ACRRM or decision made in-house for RACGP.
- Outcomes and recommendations made to the colleges and applicants are informed.
- GP supervisor training: foundation workshop attendance for new supervisors and ongoing professional development attendance for previously accredited GP supervisors.
Re-accreditation of training posts and GP supervisors is due every three years.