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How do you supervise a doctor in training?
  1. Thomas James Whitfield1,2,
  2. Michael Flatley3,
  3. Paul Baker4
  1. 1 Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Manchester, UK
  2. 2 North Manchester General Hospital, Manchester, UK
  3. 3 Department of Oncology, Leeds Teaching Hospital Trust, Leeds, UK
  4. 4 Health Education England, Manchester, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Thomas James Whitfield, Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Manchester, UK; tomwhitfield{at}

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Junior doctor supervision is vitally important for trainee development and best patient care.1 2 Though the principles of good supervision are well described,3 4 there is some uncertainty expressed by doctors as to the purpose of supervision and how its objectives should be achieved.3 The pragmatics of supervision delivery are currently determined by the supervisors administering it who tend to be senior doctors with significant time commitments and therefore a knowledge of trainee preferences is useful when allocating time and effort. There is however limited information on the views of junior doctors on what works best in practice, which could inform administrators.

Our work captured the experiences and opinions of UK trainee doctors in their second year of training (Foundation year 2 (FY2)) who had experience of working in internal medicine. In reflecting these FY2s’ thoughts, we highlight what aspects of supervision are important to them and detail aspects which were well favoured.

Data were collected from focus groups to generate key themes of supervision which were then used to formulate a questionnaire. Focus groups were conducted …

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  • Contributors TJW is responsible for the study design, data collection, data analysis, conclusions and write up. MF was involved in study design, data analysis, conclusions and write up. PB provided oversight on all elements of the project.

  • Funding Minimal funding was provided as part of the Medical Education Fellowship undertaken by TJW run by Health Education England to provide access transcription of the focus groups, access to the online survey system and dissemination of the survey email.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Patient consent Not required.

  • Ethics approval Obtained through Integrated Research Application System.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

  • Data sharing statement There is no additional information not covered by the letter.

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