Educator Standards & Guidance

The GMC has put in place new arrangements for the formal recognition and approval of Clinical and Educational Supervisors which requires Health Education England, North West (HEE (NW)) to be responsible for recognising trainers and forwarding these to the GMC for approval.

This applies to all doctors, including SAS doctors.  

 

Training Model

  

What are the standards against which trainers will be recognised?

The GMC standards for postgraduate training as defined in the GMC's Promoting Excellence will apply with the seven domains set out by the Academy of Medical Educators (AoME) in the Professional Standards for Medical Educators providing the reporting structure:

  1. Ensuring safe and effective patient care through training
  2. Establishing and maintaining an environment for learning
  3. Teaching and facilitating learning
  4. Enhancing learning through assessment
  5. Supporting and monitoring educational progress
  6. Guiding personal and professional development
  7. Continuing professional development as an educator

 

What does it mean for trainers?

To be recognised as a Clinical or Educational Supervisor, trainers will be required to document evidence from the domains, as indicated below, to demonstrate their engagement in educational activity:

Clinical  Supervisor

Domain Educational Supervisor
Tick 1. Ensuring safe and effective patient care Tick
Tick 2. Establishing and maintaining an environment for learning Tick
Tick 3. Teaching and facilitating learning Tick
Tick 4. Enhancing learning through assessment Tick
5. Supporting and monitoring educational progress Tick
6. Guiding personal and professional development Tick
Tick 7. Continuing professional development as an educator Tick

 

For examples of evidence per domain please refer to the following documents:

 

For further information about Clinical and Educational Supervisor and Trust Specialty Training Lead roles please click on the links below:

Clinical Supervisor Button     Educational Supervisor     Trust Specialty Training Lead


Gaining and retaining recognition

In HEE (NW) all consultants and SASG who supervise trainees must be recognised at least as Clinical Supervisors.  This includes those working with trainees on call, at nights, weekends, in operating theatres or in outpatients etc.  Trainees do not need recognition as trainers, though they can gain the qualifications and documents to give them recognition when awarded CCT.

More information about this can be accessed by visting the below documents:

Trainer Standards Update, Autumn 2016

Trainer Standards Update, Autumn 2017

 

Examples of Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

Please visit page 4 of our Faculty Development newsletter for information about this:

Faculty Development, Spring / Summer 2018

   

Information about job planning and appraisals can be found by clicking on the links below:

Job Planning Button     Appraisal Button

  

Trust Responsibilities

Trusts/LEPs are responsible for ensuring that all their trainers are appropriately trained to be either a Clinical Supervisor or Educational Supervisor.

 

Timeline

  • July 2013 - Criteria and local systems are in place and ready for data collection. HEE (NW)is in the process of developing a simple database to enable Trusts/LEPs to collect and record evidence against the 7 domains listed for named Clinical and Educational Supervisors.
  • July 2014 – Trusts/LEPs to have provided full information for all trainers and that they have been categorised as provisional or fully recognised. HEE (NW) makes its first submission of recognised trainers to the GMC.
  • July 2016 – Trusts/LEPs to confirm that all trainers are fully recognised i.e. they meet all the necessary requirements.

 

AoME has produced the following user guide on behalf of the GMC: 

The Essential User Guide to Recognition of Trainers in Secondary Care (doc)

 


 

Page reviewed 20 February 2016