The Singapore Medical Council (SMC) has a duty to ensure that patients’ safety is always safeguarded, and this is achieved through its implementation of a Supervisory Framework, which is a tool used by SMC to monitor foreign-trained doctors who are on Conditional and Temporary registration.
The objective of the SMC’s Supervisory Framework is to ensure there is direct and timely supervision for foreign trained doctors while they are at work, so that patient’s safety is not compromised.
A medical practitioner who is conditionally or temporarily registered will be subjected to monitoring under SMC’s Supervisory Framework throughout the period of his medical registration, which may range from 1 to 4 years or more.
In order to ensure that there is optimum supervision, the supervisor must first meet the criteria and adhere to the supervisory ratio stipulated by SMC.
The supervisor’s assessment reports are required at periodic intervals, and multi-rater assessment reports from the supervisee’s colleagues e.g. doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals, may also be requested to get a more holistic assessment of the doctor’s performance.
SMC will systematically review the doctor’s performance based on such regular assessment reports.
Details of the framework, based on each institutional setting, can be found in the “Guidelines” section below.