Giving feedback to trainees

by Dr Clare Oakley and Prof Femi Oyebode


Last reviewed: September 2015


Educational supervision is at the centre of the training of psychiatrists. A crucial component of this supervision is feedback to trainees about their progress to enable their effective development as psychiatrists.


Workplace-based assessments (WPBAs) require effective supervision and feedback for trainees, and this module aims to introduce supervision and feedback in this context.


In particular, we consider:


  • the principles of supervision

  • the principles of feedback, including the SET-GO principle

  • models of feedback including Pendleton's rules and the Calgary-Cambridge model

  • feedback for WPBA

  • feedback on clinical skills

  • feedback on professionalism.


We look at strategies to successfully provide both positive and negative feedback. Scenario-based video clips are shown throughout the module to help demonstrate giving feedback to trainees.


This module assumes a working knowledge of the WPBAs used by The Royal College of Psychiatrists. Further information about this can be found on the Portfolio Online & WPBA Information page of the College website.


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Please note: This module was last updated in 2015. Please be aware when completing the module that some of the guidance may have changed.

If you are interested in updating this material, please contact us.

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