Educational Supervisor Training Course

Educational Supervisors (ES) fulfil a pivotal role in the workplace supporting the training of pre-registration pharmacists and pharmacy technicians, foundation pharmacists and members of the pharmacy team on the Medicines Optimisation Programme.

Structure of the course

Educational Supervisor training is being delivered by The Pharmacy Training Company (PTC). The course is designed to allow flexible access to THREE or FIVE* key modules which are mapped to the GPhC Guidance for Tutors. Each module will involve watching a presentation, completing some reading and followed by one written assignment, allowing each participant to apply their knowledge in practice.

Flexible access allows participants to access modules at a time and pace convenient to them; each module to be completed over the course of 8 weeks. Individualised feedback will be provided on each assignment to support on-going learning and development. The PTC will offer optional two monthly webinars reviewing each of the completed modules.

A certificate will be issued upon satisfactory completion of the full programme.

*Pre-registration Pharmacist Educational Supervisors will complete TWO additional modules, which are specific to the pre-registration pharmacist training programme. For further information, please read section “About the Modules”.

Target audience

This course is for:


All educational supervisors (tutors) supporting pre-registration trainee pharmacists, in any sector of pharmacy across London and the South East.


All NHS pre-registration pharmacy technician educational supervisors across London and the South East.

This course is suitable to new educational supervisors, but will serve as a useful refresher for existing educational supervisors.

It is recommended that existing educational supervisors review the course against their own learning needs before applying. Terms and conditions will apply.


Pre-registration Pharmacist Educational Supervisors

The total course duration is 10 months to complete all FIVE modules, including TWO modules which are specific to the pre-registration pharmacy training programme only.

Pre-registration Pharmacy Technician Educational Supervisors

The total course duration is 6 months to complete the following THREE modules: Being a Professional Role Model, Giving Feedback and Supporting Learners.

About the Modules


The Training Programme*

Aim of this module:

  • To prepare you for the arrival of your pre-registration pharmacist
  • To provide information on the organisation and regulation of the pre-registration pharmacist’s training year
  • To guide you through the registration assessment and end of year procedures

Being a Professional Role Model

Aim of this module:

  • To provide guidance on the expectations of the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC).
  • To familiarise with the role of an educational supervisor and key attributes for an educational supervisor.
  • To link Continuing Professional Development opportunities with practice as an educational supervisor.

Assessing Performance*

Aim of this module:

  • To link assessment of yourtrainee with the GPhC performance standards and learning outcomes.
  • To be able to undertake anassessment of your trainee’s evidence of competency
  • To prepare you to conduct a goodquality appraisal with your trainee

Giving Feedback

Aim of this module:

  • To provide different models forgiving good quality feedback to your trainee.
  • To learn the differences betweencoaching and mentoring and how each of these can be used to develop yourtrainee.
  • To provide a basic understandingof the principals of leadership

Supporting Learners

Aim of this module:

  • To apply GPhC Standards and frameworks to managing training problems.
  • To provide support resources to help you to support your trainee.
  • To help develop a structured approach to decision making and a structured approach to resolving problems with a trainee requiring additional support.

*Modules to be completed by Pre-Registration Pharmacist Educational Supervisors ONLY.

How to Apply and Key Dates

If this course meets your learning needs as an educational supervisor then you should complete the application form to register your interest.

Deadline for application: Midnight on 16th August 2017
Introduction Webinar: 8pm on 23rd August 2017 
Total course duration: 10 months

Places are limited, therefore priority will be given to pharmacists working in pharmacies registered with the Oriel National Recruitment System, to support meeting placement quality criteria.

If you are unable to attend the introductory webinar event, please contact the Educational Supervisor Training Lead via email.

Future course dates will be advertised in due course.

Terms and Conditions

As this course is supported from NHS funds, enrolled participants who have not engaged with the course by submitting two assignments at the four-month stage will be removed from the programme and incur a penalty charge from Health Education England (HEE) to cover the cost of the course.

If you have completed educational supervisor training through PTC previously or an alternative training provider, it is recommended that you undertake a personal assessment to assess whether this course meets your learning needs. Participants that enrol onto this course will be expected to complete all assigned modules.

Further information

For further information about the course and the application process, please contact:

Nichola Baker Educational Supervisor Training Lead