Supporting Clinical Teachers and Trainers

Welcome to the Scottish Trainer Framework (STF), an online resource designed to support all medical teachers and trainers working in Scotland, both undergraduate and postgraduate, whether working in primary, other community or secondary care settings. The Framework is built around a number of competency statements mapped to various clinical and educational roles, which aim to help teachers and trainers to plan their personal and professional development as educators, whatever their role or career stage. It also provides specific guidance for trainers requiring formal GMC recognition in Scotland. Arrangements for approval of GP trainers are already well established and these will not change. Academic staff and GP tutors who have been told by their medical school that their role requires recognition should also consult the trainer recognition section.

Trainer Recognition

If you are an academic or secondary care practitioner looking for information about trainer recognition and approval in Scotland, you may wish to link straight to our trainer recognition pages. The recognition arrangements also apply to GPs supervising secondary care trainees on placement if they are not already approved GP trainers. GPs seeking information about approval should consult the section for GP trainers.


The site is organised to allow you to navigate content in a number of different ways:

  • By clinical role: This section is likely to be most useful to trainee doctors or those seeking to develop a broad skills-base.

  • By educational role: This section aims to support those with a clearly defined role / remit in teaching or training, including a GMC 'named trainer' role. Undergraduate teachers and tutors may find this section particularly helpful.

  • By GMC Framework area: This section is structured around the seven 'framework areas' for educational CPD defined by the GMC, and is aimed at trainers currently performing (or aspiring to hold) ‘named’ roles who may have identified specific gaps in their appraisal documentation.

  • By all available training: This section is for trainers who wish to attend training on a specific topic.


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How we process your data

This notice explains how we will use the data you provide to us when applying for a place on a training programme. We will process that data in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998, and will do so for three main purposes:

1. Processing your data during the recruitment process
2. Processing of successful applicant data by Local Education and Training Boards (LETBs), Deaneries and Royal Colleges.
3. Use of recruitment data for evaluation, research and testing purposes

In order to manage and quality assure your training, the LETB/Deanery needs to collect, store and process information about you. This is done in compliance with the Data Protection Act 1998, and in accordance with the data protection principles set out in the Act. Among other matters, these require that your data must be processed fairly and lawfully.

Terms Used In this Notice

There are some terms that appear in the Data Protection Act 1998 that are used in this notice. These are explained below:

Data Controllers and Data Processors

• The recruiting office is the Data Controller in the first instance; this may be a LETB, Deanery or a Royal College depending where you applied;
• NHS Education for Scotland processes some applications in the Clearing House on behalf of some recruiting offices in these instance NHS Education for Scotland is a Data Processor;
• If your application is successful the LETB/Deanery for the area where you work is the Data Controller.

Data Recipients: organisations to whom your data are disclosed in accordance with the principles set out in this Notice, as defined further below.

Data Subject: you, i.e., the person whose data is obtained as part of the recruitment process and processed in the way described in this Notice.

Personal Data: Recorded information from which you, the Data Subject, can be identified either directly or indirectly.

Sensitive Personal Data: personal information about your racial or ethnic origin, your political opinions, your religious beliefs and your physical or mental health or condition, your sexual life, the commission or alleged commission by you of any offence, any proceedings for such an offence and any sentence passed as a result of those proceedings.

This Notice supersedes any earlier notices regarding the use of your data by the Data Controller and Data Recipients.

In general terms, the Act requires that your Personal Data is processed lawfully and fairly, and only used for the purposes for which it was obtained. Sensitive Personal Data is subject to a greater level of protection by the Act and generally will not be processed without your consent.