It would be impossible to capture the entire range of individual roles held by medical teachers and trainers. However, most teachers and trainers will begin their careers performing fairly specific tasks, such as delivering tutorials for medical students, acting as a mentor, or supervising trainees performing practical procedures. Those with an interest in education and training may progress to a more formal managerial / supervisory position in either undergraduate or postgraduate education, acting as a curriculum lead or a named PG supervisor for example. A small number of these individuals will progress into educational leadership roles.
We have divided this section of the Framework into three categories: task-based ‘non-GMC recognised’ roles; supervisory ‘GMC-recognised’ roles; and educational leadership roles . At the leadership-end of the spectrum, the roles are very clearly defined, whilst at the task-based end they are much vaguer and have a lot of potential for overlap. Within the ‘non-GMC recognised roles we have identified headings which capture a group of roles (for example “assessor”) requiring the same broad skill-set. Some individuals in each group will not need to be competent in every area listed, whilst those holding highly specialised roles may require additional skills. There will also be overlap in skills required by different groups – for example some of the skills required by lecturers will be the same as those required by small group tutors.
The GMC requires trainers holding managerial / supervisory roles to be formally recognised, and this group of trainers will need to meet a list of defined criteria in addition to developing the competences needed for their role. The roles listed on this page are based on the agreed Scottish definitions, although the exact job title may vary between organisations.
Clinical career progession
|Medical student||Foundation doctor||Specialty trainee Y1-3 (inc. GP)||Specialty trainee Y4+||Consultant|
Educational career progression
|Peer tutor||Non-GMC recognised roles||GMC recognised/ approved trainer roles||Educational leadership roles|
|Presenter (clinical meetings)|
|Small group teacher|
|Clinical assessor (SLEs)|
|Examiner (OSCE / Portfolio)|
|Named educational supervisor|
|Named clinical supervisor|
|Module / block lead|
|Subdean / NHS Teaching Lead|
|Year lead (UG)|
|DME / ADME|
|Role incorporates both UG teaching & PG training|
|PG focussed role|
|UG focussed role|
|Role requiring formal GMC recognition|