Careers Glossary of Terms

Some of the terms used in career support are understood in various ways; here are the definitions we use in HEE NW Careers.

Evidence Framework for Educators and Appraisers

Both the GMC and the AoME have described generic evidence that can be presented to demonstrate on-going development and standards as a trainer.  HEE (NW) has also produced further guidance which details slightly more specific ideas for the types of evidence you may collect. 

FAQs: Recognition of Trainers in the North West

The GMC’s deadline for the recognition of trainers is fast approaching. Whilst some LEPs have the majority, or in some cases all trainers fully recognised, some organisations still have a great deal of work to do. 

Following a number of recent queries regarding the recoginition of trainers, HEE (NW) have produced these FAQs.

Trainer Standards Update

The GMC released their implementation plan for the recognition and approval of trainers in August 2012, which requires LETBs (i.e. HENW) as Learning Organisations to formally recognise trainers in their roles as Clinical and/or Educational Supervisors.  Following the integration of the Mersey and North Western deaneries one framework for the recognition of trainers will apply across HENW to ensure that the GMC standards are fully met by the July 2016 deadline.

Guidance on Evidence for Trainers Appraisers

To be recognised as a Clinical or Educational Supervisor trainers will be required to document evidence from the GMC domains to demonstrate their engagement in educational activity.  This document provides examples of evidence that can be used.

Professional Standards for medical, dental and veterinary educators

The Academy of Medical Educators recognises that medical education is distinct from teaching in higher education in general because of the central place that patient care occupies not only in teaching and learning but also in assessment and feedback, and in quality assurance.

They set out to become the Standard setting body for medical educators in the UK. In 2009, they achieved this aim with the publication of the Professional Standards that define the level of competence that medical educators should achieve at each point in their careers.

Promoting Excellence: GMC External Resource (Slides)

The GMC has prepared a set of slides to support the launch of the new standards which our education partners can use to introduce the new standards to trainers and others involved in educating and training medical students and doctors.  It is recommend that these are looked at conjunction with the FAQs for full background details.

The Gold Guide (6th Edition)

This Reference Guide is for Postgraduate Specialty Training in the UK and is applicable to all trainees (StRs) taking up appointments in specialty (including GP) training which commenced on or after 1 August 2007. The 6th edition published on 17th February 2016 replaces all previous editions of the Gold Guide with immediate effect.


You can visit the COPMED website to download a copy of this document or click on the resource link below.

General Medical Council

The GMC are an independent organisation that helps to protect patients and improve medical education and practice across the UK.