Interested in becoming an Educational Supervisor (Trainer in old money) or Clinical Supervisor? Including information on Associate Training Practices.
You can become a CS by either applying directly for that training, (see further down the page) or you can become a CS after the first Module of the ES course, bypassing the CS course. If you have done the CS course previously and now wish to be an ES then you will still need the whole ES course.
Educational Supervisor (Trainer) The First Stage
The first step is to make contact with Julia Taylor (email@example.com) . This will be an initial discussion about the New Trainers' Course and associated Postgraduate Certificate in Clinical Education (PGCCE). We will also want to discuss the following;
- Whether or not you are in an existing GP or Foundation training practice this will help us to assess the amount of preparation that you will need to undertake to become a trainer/training practice
- Discuss what CPD activities you have undertaken or plan to undertake to develop your skills as a trainer and how this fits in with your PDP
- Direct you towards your local GP Training Programme Director team (if you have not already been in contact) - this is to ensure that your local GP Training Programme Director team:
- Are aware of your intentions
- Talk to you about your plans - their support for your application is essential and they will also take into account local need for new trainers
- Invite you to trainers meetings and add you to e-mail circulation list and otherwise begin to get you involved in the world of GP training. (You should begin to attend trainers meetings at least 6 months before you plan to do the New Trainers' Course
- Ensure that you have the full support of the wider practice to become a trainer/training practice
- You need to be working in the practice for a minimum of 4 sessions a week in order to have enough contact with your trainees.
- Possibilities related to you becoming a supervisor of Foundation trainees in GP
- The time commitment and level of study required to satisfactorily complete the PGCCE (those who already have an equivalent do not need to do the Certificate)
The New Trainers' Course
Information about the New Trainers' Course is HERE. Attendance at the Trainers' Course is an essential requirement to becoming a Trainer. Completion of the associated Certificate (at Masters level) in Clinical Education is also an essential component before Trainer Approval.
The Informal Approval Visit
This visit will be carried out by an NHSE EM representative again and normally lasts between 1 and 2 hours. It is a formative assessment intended to identity areas for development/action. The assessment criteria are here. A decision will be made at this visit about whether or not to proceed to formal approval.
The formal approval visit (virtual in most cases)
This is a half day process at which the NHSE EM representatives will be;
- A lead visitor - normally an APD, a PD, or the Education Advisor.
- A Programme Director or experienced trainer from another practice.
In order to be approved as a trainer there must have been recent peer review of teaching. This would not normally be done at the approval visit and therefore could have been at:
- The New Trainers' Course
- At your local trainers group
- By your GP Training Programme Director
- By another experienced GP trainer
These documents may be helpful with this and can be found here:
Trainer Approval and Re-approval Pathway
We have looked at the pathway from thinking about becoming a trainer through the administrative and quality processes from then to the stage of re-approval. The refinements outlined in this document are to be the standard against which we will measure our performance. The administrative team and the APD team have worked over the past year to agree this and have analysed and ensured that previous blocks to the potentially complicated arrangements are addressed. Further details of this will be explained as you are going through the application process.
Becoming a GP Clinical Supervisor - training for GP Specialty
If you are working as a partner, salaried GP or long-term locum in an existing training practice, don’t wish to become an educational supervisor yet, but are keen to help with the GP Specialty training by doing debriefs, giving feedback and carrying out assessments, why not consider doing the Clinical Supervisor course? This runs over one and a half days, is free to participants, and is an excellent introduction to medical education.
Becoming a GP Clinical Supervisor for Foundation Doctor Trainer
If you are interested in clinically supervising Foundation trainees on a placement in GP, then again you will need to complete the relevant one-and-a-half-day course. If you are working in an existing training practice, then gaining approval is relatively easy. If you and your practice are new to training, then an approval visit will need to happen. This will be explained on the course.
The course meets the GMC criteria for training clinical supervisors and those that complete it and have a successful approval of their practice as a suitable learning environment will have their GMC registration annotated as an educator which means you can be a supervisor. Please see the download GP ST and F2 Clinical Supervisor Course, for more information. If you wish to supervise both GP Specialty Trainees (ST1/2/3) and Foundation trainees, you will need to complete both half day sessions on day 2. Otherwise for Foundation Trainees come to the 'Foundation' session, for GP Specialty Trainees (ST1/2/3s) come to the 'GP Specialty' session.
Please note, all Part 2 AM and PM sessions can also be booked as a refresher. All supervisors should complete the appropriate refresher every five years.
Please do not share links to the course with other GPs – all attendees must book on via Accent Course Manager to control course numbers and provide some governance.
Attendnace certificates can be found on your Accent Course Manager account after completion of your course evaluation.
The course dates for 2023/2024 are as follows:
Tuesday 03 October 2023 - CS Training Part 1 - covers generic CS skills (feedback, educational theory, dealing with issues etc)
Tuesday 17 October 2023 - CS Training Part 2 (AM GP Specialty, PM Foundation)
Tuesday 07 November 2023 - CS Training Part 1 - covers generic CS skills (feedback, educational theory, dealing with issues etc)
Tuesday 21 November 2023 - CS Training Part 2 (AM GP Specialty, PM Foundation)
Tuesday 05 December 2023 - CS Training Part 1 - covers generic CS skills (feedback, educational theory, dealing with issues etc)
Tuesday 12 December 2023 - CS Training Part 2 (AM GP Specialty, PM Foundation)
Tuesday 16 January 2024 - CS Training Part 1 - covers generic CS skills (feedback, educational theory, dealing with issues etc)
Tuesday 30 January 2024 - CS Training Part 2 (AM GP Specialty, PM Foundation)
Tuesday 13 February 2024 - CS Training Part 1 - covers generic CS skills (feedback, educational theory, dealing with issues etc)
Tuesday 27 February 2024 - CS Training Part 2 (AM GP Specialty, PM Foundation)
Tuesday 12 March 2024 - CS Training Part 1 - covers generic CS skills (feedback, educational theory, dealing with issues etc)
Tuesday 26 March 2024 - CS Training Part 2 (AM GP Specialty, PM Foundation)
To book a place on any of the above sessions, please do this via Intrepid Course Manager. If the session does not appear on course manager it is full – sorry.
You will be sent a link to join the online session the week before your booked session(s) via microsoft teams and so you will need access to a computer with a webcam, speakers and microphone.
Lincolnshire Clinical Supervisors’ Course
The Lincolnshire clinical supervisors’ course is held annually, usually at the end of March. The course covers those interested in supervising a range of trainees:
GP registrars both in-practice and in out-of-hours (OOH) setting, internationally recruited doctors and foundation doctors. The course aims to endow the novice teacher with the fundamentals of teaching and is a skills-based course that focuses on experiential learning. The course caters for different educational roles of clinical supervision.
Developing Associate Training Practices in the East Midlands
We have developed a ‘hub & spoke’ model of training environment within Primary Care to expand the capacity for training within this sector, enabling additional GPs and practices to become involved in training GP Registrars
This model has been used informally in the region for some time, and is suitable for practices who are working towards, as well as those who might not yet feel ready or able to take the steps to become a fully approved training practice
The model is based on the same premise as Clinical Supervisors in non-Primary care settings plus criteria used for under-graduate medical training placements
Associate Practice requirements
Application / questionnaire structure based on that used for under-graduate placement approvals
Meeting and tour of the premises to gain GMC approval of placements (can be done virtually)
5 yearly QA reviews by local programme team / NHSE quality team
Supportive link with an experienced Approved Trainer / Practice (hub) or APD (local arrangements to be determined by the local programme)
1.5 days formal training to qualify as a GMC approved Clinical Supervisor
3 hours per year of CPD to maintain your eligibility
Annual informal review with your nominated link trainer / APD
Regular Trainers Workshops and involvement with central teaching programme
Trainer’s grant for hosting GP trainees on placement
Trainee’s salary fully paid by the Lead Employer
No HR or payroll issues to worry about
Support from your nominated link trainer / APD when needed
Encouragement and support to become a fully approved training practice in due course
Programme / NHSE benefits
Further expansion of GP placements
Quality assurance appropriate to the level of supervision required
Additional support for local HDR programmes
Natural development pathway towards full Approval status
This will be provided by local TPDs, experienced trainers, or patch APD, as determined locally
We anticipate that there would be initial meetings to help with approval set up, support with arranging inductions and timetables and ad-hoc support for the trainer particularly for the first placement
The annual review would be an informal meeting to ensure ongoing contact
NEW - Webinar for General Practices who want to host F2 doctors
In January 2022 an informal webinar was held to provide information to any practice who would like to know more about hosting an F2 doctor. It can be viewed here.
These will be added shortly