April 20, 2022, by mszrm4

Introducing the Coaching, Mentoring and Supervision module @UoNMedEd

Dr Rebecca McConnell reflects upon the face-to-face module teaching sessions we’ve held on UoN Jubilee Campus recently

Teaching on the Masters in MedEd part-time, I am module convener for only one module, which usually has all of it’s teaching days in March, April and May. So I have been busy and *on campus* over the last few weeks.

The Coaching, Mentoring and Supervision module is a little different to most of our other modules, as we look beyond the medical wards and discuss definitions and concepts relating to coaching, mentoring and supervision in business and other healthcare professions. We also consider our own personality traits and values before learning practical skills in role play sessions.

It feels less like we are “teaching” our scholars on this module, but hopefully we’re giving them a lot to think about and reflect upon and maybe they will learn something about themselves that will help with their future development as an educator.

Part of the purpose of a MedEd Masters course is to give you the space away from your everyday teaching and clinical work to reflect upon what you are doing, why and whether you can improve upon what you are doing.

We encourage this metacognition through the assessment structure of our Masters modules. Most modules include the chance to reflect upon what you have learnt in that module and how you might change your practice in a reflective essay – with reference to the MedEd academic literature of course!

Jubilee Campus lake

It has been lovely to see all our scholars in person in the teaching rooms over the last few weeks – with masks and open windows of course – as we’ve had to run this module online for 2 years during lockdowns.

The main thing we miss out on online is the opportunity to chat in between planned sessions and all the informal support that we can give each other through sharing experiences and ideas.

But the other advantage to meeting in person is to experience the lovely campuses of the University of Nottingham: this year we had rooms booked in the building pictured above, on Jubilee Campus, near to the the lake (pictured).

If you are interested in joining us as a MedEd scholar at UoN, please look below for details on our latest live events.

Dr Rebecca McConnell, MA, BMBS, MRCGP, MMedSci – is a GP, GP Trainer, GP Appraiser

and Clinical Associate Professor in Medical Education at the University of Nottingham



Join us on the Nottingham MedEd course: https://www.nottingham.ac.uk/pgstudy/course/taught/medical-education-mmedsci

If you’d like to know more, we have two LIVE ONLINE sessions planned in the next few months:

  • Wednesday 11th May 12 noon BST

  • Wednesday 15th June 5pm BST

Email ms-pgt-admin@exmail.nottingham.ac.uk to book your place


If you want to read literature around coaching. mentoring and supervision, start with our core texts:

Sue Kilminster, David Cottrell, Janet Grant & Brian Jolly (2007) AMEE Guide No. 27: Effective educational and clinical supervision, Medical Teacher, 29:1, 2-19, DOI: 10.1080/01421590701210907

Understanding Medical Education : Evidence, Theory, and Practice, edited by Tim Swanwick, et al., John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated, 2019. ProQuest Ebook Central, https://ebookcentral.proquest.com/lib/nottingham/detail.action?docID=5568843    (Chapter 13 – Supervision, mentoring, and coaching)

Hesketh, E.A., Bagnall, G., Buckley, E.G., Friedman, M., Goodall, E., Harden, R.M., Laidlaw, J.M., Leighton‐Beck, L., McKinlay, P., Newton, R. and Oughton, R., 2001. A framework for developing excellence as a clinical educator. Medical education35(6), pp.555-564.  https://doi-org.nottingham.idm.oclc.org/10.1046/j.1365-2923.2001.00920.x

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