Supervision types

All you need to know about different supervision arrangements.

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To practise under supervision, trainees must have appropriate supervision arrangements in place.

A College supervisor must:

  • be a member of the College
  • have completed the online supervisor training
  • be registered with the GOC.

There are different types of supervision available to be flexible to each trainee's situation. When there are multiple trainees or supervisors in a practice then supervision arrangements can get complex. An easy rule of thumb is that each trainee will need a supervisor who has been qualified for more than three years and no supervisor can have more than two trainees under their supervision at any one time.

The following flow-chart has been developed to demonstrate the different supervision arrangements available (from the supervisor's perspective) and the requirements for each.

 

Only supervisor

You can be the only supervisor if:

  • You’ve been registered with the General Optical Council for at least three years
  • Your trainee will work full-time in your practice
  • You have no other trainees OR you have two trainees, at least one of whom has already completed Stage 1 of the work-based assessment training

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Principal supervisor

You can be a principal supervisor if:

  • You’ve been registered with the General Optical Council for at least three years
  • Your practice has up to two trainees
  • You’ll be responsible for all trainees but each trainee also has a second supervisor
  • You’ll be directly available to the trainee for at least 50% of the trainee’s working week
  • The second supervisor has been registered with the General Optical Council for at least one year
  • A second supervisor may not supervise a trainee without a principal supervisor

OR

  • You’ve been registered with the General Optical Council for at least three years
  • You will look after a maximum of two trainees by yourself
  • One or both of the trainees is at stage 2 or OSCE stage of their training. You cannot be the only supervisor if both trainees are still in stage 1 of their training.
  • At least one of the trainees has another supervisor who has been registered for at least one year
  • You can guarantee ≥20 hours a week consulting room access to each trainee

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Joint supervisor

You can be a joint supervisor if:

  • You’ve been registered with the General Optical Council for at least three years
  • More than one supervisor will look after the same trainee
  • All supervisors will take equal responsibility for the trainee
  • The other supervisors have been registered with the General Optical Council for at least three years

OR

  • You’ve been registered with the General Optical Council for at least three years
  • Two supervisors will look after two trainees
  • Both supervisors will take equal responsibility for each trainee
  • You’ll be directly available to the trainee for at least 50% of the trainee’s working week
  • The other supervisor has been registered with the General Optical Council for at least three years

OR

  • You’ve been registered with the General Optical Council for at least three years
  • Your trainee will work part-time in your practice
  • You’ll be directly available to the trainee for at least 50% of the trainee’s working week
  • You have no other trainees

You can be a joint supervisor to two trainees if there is a principal supervisor for each of them.

You can be a joint supervisor if two trainees work in different practices, if you and the other supervisor each work in one of the two practices.

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Second supervisor

You can be a second supervisor if:

  • You’ve been registered with the General Optical Council for at least one year
  • Your practice has either one or multiple trainees
  • A principal supervisor will take overall responsibility for the trainee, but you will be fully responsible for the trainee’s actions while they are under your supervision
  • The principal supervisor has been registered with the General Optical Council for at least three years
  • You may not supervise a trainee without a principal supervisor
  • Both you and the principal supervisor will work in the same practice

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HES (Hospital Eye Service) supervisor

You can be an HES (Hospital Eye Service) supervisor if:

  • You’ve been registered with the General Optical Council for at least three years
  • You’re the only College registered supervisor in a team of GOC / GMC registrants responsible for all trainees in the hospital eye department

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Temporary supervisor

You can be a temporary supervisor if:

  • You’re registered with the General Optical Council:
    • As an optometrist if you’re supervising eye examinations
    • As a dispensing optician if you’re supervising dispenses
    • As a contact lens optician or optometrist if you’re supervising contact lens fittings and aftercare
  • You’ll only be supervising the trainee for:
    • A maximum of four consecutive weeks

    OR

    • A maximum of six weeks throughout the Scheme for Registration (made up of non-consecutive days)
  • NB: The limit of temporary supervision applies to each trainee and is an annual cycle

Under temporary supervision arrangements, the registered supervisor remains accountable for the supervision arrangements of the trainee. The temporary supervisor is responsible for the trainee and the patients seen by the trainee whilst working under their temporary supervision.

 It is important that any temporary supervisor is briefed by the registered supervisor prior to supervising the trainee. As a minimum, it is recommended the registered supervisor clarifies:

  • The level of supervision required by the trainee
  • Any particular areas the trainee needs support in
  • The temporary supervisor's responsibilities regarding checking patient records prior to them leaving the practice

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