Being a supervisor is an excellent way of giving back to the College, supporting registrars as they progress through the training programme, and developing registrars’ clinical and professional skills.

The supervision requirements, processes, delivery, and criteria are described in the supervision policy.

Supervisors are:

  • Mentors, offering advice and ideas and sharing their knowledge of the training programme.
  • Coaches, encouraging and challenging the registrar to develop.
  • Trainers, passing on clinical skills.
  • Role models, demonstrating professionalism.
  • Assessors, providing feedback to the registrar and the College on the registrar’s performance.

You’ll be approved to supervise by the Professional Standards Committee in line with the supervision policy. The approval process is simple and is completed before, or when you complete, the supervision agreement form.  Typically, you’ll:

  • be an RNZCUC Fellow (or with Board of Censors approval, an ED or RHM Fellow, or rarely a senior registrar or Fellow of another college)
  • complying with your college’s recertification programme, and of good standing
  • normally working with the registrar
  • have experience and/or training in supervision
  • have the personal attributes desirable of a supervisor, and
  • able to meet the responsibilities of a supervisor.

As a supervisor, you’ll oversee the registrar’s performance and report back to the College four times per year using the quarterly appraisal form (the registrar is responsible for the administrative aspects of loading this and completing any relevant data fields in UCCIS. We will provide access to the registrar’s training programme summary in UCCIS.  We anticipate that you would also coach the registrar if there are challenges in completing the required training programme components so that they progress through the programme at an optimal rate. You might also be asked to confirm the facility meets the requirements of an approved training facility. The registrar will also ask for you to assess them in their competence in a range of core skills.

Training and support

RNZCUC provides a range of training and support:

  • An offer of one-on-one orientation from the Director of Professional Development to the College’s requirements and supervision policy.
  • A supervisor peer group, meeting quarterly to discuss supervision challenges (anonymised case studies).
  • Immediate support to you (and the registrar if necessary) for when incidents crop up that you cannot manage locally.
  • Online training for supervisors, available here (you will need to log in to view). These are short videos created by Connect Communications.
  • An online interactive stage two supervisor training provided by Connect Communications.