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.
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:
- Ensuring safe and effective patient care through training
- Establishing and maintaining an environment for learning
- Teaching and facilitating learning
- Enhancing learning through assessment
- Supporting and monitoring educational progress
- Guiding personal and professional development
- 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:
|1. Ensuring safe and effective patient care|
|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|
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:
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:
Examples of Continuing Professional Development (CPD)
Please visit page 4 of our Faculty Development newsletter for information about this:
Information about job planning and appraisals can be found by clicking on the links below:
Trusts/LEPs are responsible for ensuring that all their trainers are appropriately trained to be either a Clinical Supervisor or Educational Supervisor.
- 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: