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Roles requiring recognition

This section of the website is aimed at trainers who require to be recognised for the role they perform. The term 'medical trainer' is used by the GMC to mean anyone involved in providing teaching or training to medical students or trainee doctors, including primary and secondary care doctors, clinical and non-clinical academics and other healthcare professionals.

If you are a trainer seeking recognition, you should:

  1. Familiarise yourself with the criteria for recognition  and the recognition process.
  2. Complete the two mandatory training  elements.
  3. Check any specific guidance  for the role(s) you are performing with your Education Organiser.
  4. Begin collecting evidence  to present at your annual appraisal.
  5. Use the resources in the ‘self-assessment’  section to determine whether you are ready for recognition.

What the GMC expects

In August 2012, The GMC introduced plans for recognition and approval of secondary care trainers performing four ‘named’ roles:

  1. named educational supervisors in postgraduate training
  2. named clinical supervisors in postgraduate training
  3. lead coordinators of undergraduate training at each local education provider
  4. doctors responsible for overseeing students’ educational progress for each medical school

Further definitions of these roles are provided in the 'information for specific roles' section. As Education Organisers (EOs), the five Scottish medical schools and the NES-managed Scotland Deanery are required to maintain up to date lists of all trainers performing these roles and to ensure that these trainers meet the GMC’s  ‘Standards for Trainers’ as set out in Promoting excellence. All secondary care trainers in Scotland will be assessed against the same criteria, making the process simpler for those who hold more than one role. 

In July 2016, EOs in Scotland - NES and the five Scottish Medical Schools - provided the GMC with a list of all recognised trainers in Scotland.  NES manages the process of recognition on behalf of the Medical Schools and maintains the list of Scottish "named" trainers on its Training Management System (TURAS).

If you have any questions about whether you are performing a named trainer role or about your individual circumstances, you should contact your Medical School or Director of Medical Education.