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Criteria for recognition of all Scottish trainers

As part of the GMC’s implementation of trainer recognition, all Education Organisers (EOs) were required to develop criteria setting out what trainers will need to do to demonstrate that they are compliant with the GMC’s standards and to provide guidance on how evidence in the seven Framework areas should be collected and presented. 

In Scotland the five medical schools and NES have agreed on a single set of EO criteria for all trainers. These criteria are grouped into three categories:

A. Educational Governance Requirements GMC Quote
Be currently practising within their field (for undergraduate trainers this may include academic practice or health professionals in disciplines other than medicine) info Icon

"Trainers must be involved in and contribute to the learning culture in which patient care occurs" 

(The Trainee Doctor, 2011)

Comply with all aspects of Good Medical Practice info Icon

"Good Medical Practice describes what is expected of all doctors registered with the General Medical Council. It is your responsibility to be familiar with Good Medical Practice and the explanatory guidance which supports it, and to follow the guidance they contain"

and " If you are suspended by an organisation from a medical post, or have restrictions placed on your practice, you must, without delay, inform any other organisations you carry out medical work for"

(Good Medical Practice, 2013)

"Local education providers will need to share key information with the education organisers to ensure that good practice is recognised and that shortcomings are identified"

(Recognising and approving trainers: the implementation plan, 2012)

Comply with all legal, ethical and professional obligations including completion of any mandatory training requirements info Icon

"Staff will receive training on equality and diversity to ensure they are aware of their responsibilities and the issues that need to be taken into account when undertaking their roles in the medical school"

(Tomorrow's Doctors, 2009)   

"You must keep up to date with, and follow, the law, our guidance and other regulations relevant to your work"

(Good Medical Practice, 2013)   

"You must develop the skills, attitudes and practices of a competent teacher. This includes respecting cultural diversity and making reasonable adjustments for those with a disability without affecting patient safety or educational outcomes"

(Leadership and Management for all Doctors, 2012)

Have appropriate time allocated for their role info Icon

"Trainers will … need to agree job plans that are consistent with their responsibilities. These will need to be reviewed annually"

(Recognising and approving trianers: the implementation plan,  2012)

"Trainers must have a suitable job plan with an appropriate workload and sufficient time to train, supervise, assess and provide feedback to develop trainees"

(The Trainee Doctor, 2011)

"Teachers and trainers should have dedicated time in their job plans (or junior doctors’ training schedules) to deliver their educational responsibilities and undertake their own training and development"

(Developing teachers and trainers in undergraduate medical education, 2011)

Criteria in this category address the need for trainers to act as role models for students and trainees in their care, demonstrating exemplary professional practice.

Category A requirements will be signed off at appraisal / revalidation through standard processes. Education Organisers will supply LEPs with a list of named trainers and will conduct spot checks that to verify that the information is in place. Trainers will be asked to sign a declaration that they meet these criteria and to provide evidence that their equality & diversity training is up-to-date.

B. Role-specific Requirements GMC Quote
Demonstrate awareness of the curriculum and level of students/trainees. info Icon

"Trainers must provide a level of supervision appropriate to the competence and experience of the trainee..." 

and "Trainers must understand the structure and purpose of, and their role in, the training programme of their designated trainees"

(The Trainee Doctor, 2011)

"Key attributes and skills of teachers and trainers… [include] …awareness of the curriculum and their role within it, including knowledge of the learning objectives and aims" 

(Developing teachers and trainers in undergraduate medical education, 2011)

Demonstrate awareness of their role and how that role fits with other educational and clinical roles info Icon

"Trainers must understand the structure and purpose of, and their role in, the training programme of their designated trainees" 

(The Trainee Doctor, 2011)

"Induction, including requirements of the role and the school’s support infrastructure … should be compulsory on appointment to the role"

 (Developing teachers and trainers in undergraduate medical education, 2011)

Know how to get support if needed and know about the relevant EOs' QA procedures info Icon

"Trainers must liaise as necessary with other trainers both in their clinical departments and within the organisation to ensure a consistent approach to education and training and the sharing of good practice across specialties and professions"

and "Organisations providing medical education and training must ensure that trainers have adequate support and resources to undertake their training role."

(The Trainee Doctor, 2011)

Category B criteria are intended to ensure that trainers understand the responsibilities associated with the specific role they are taking on.

Criteria in this category will be evidenced by completion of an induction module approved by individual Education Organisers (i.e. the five medical schools and NES). Induction may take a variety of formats, including face-to-face, online or print-based.

You will also need to formally sign-up to your role.

C. Generic Teaching Skill Requirements GMC Quote
Produce evidence of ongoing development across all relevant Framework areas in order to demonstrate an appropriate level of teaching competence info Icon
Provide evidence of appropriate training and/or experience for their teaching role info Icon

"Trainers must be selected against a set of criteria, have specific training for their role, demonstrate ability as effective trainers and be appraised against their educational activities"

(The Trainee Doctor, 2011)

"Everyone involved in educating medical students will be appropriately selected, trained, supported and appraised"

(Tomorrow's Doctors, 2009)

"You must be competent in all aspects of your work, including management, research and teaching"  

(Good Medical Practice, 2013)

"Medical schools should ensure that appointments to teaching roles are made on the basis of competence, aptitude and the ability to be a good role model rather than experience or clinical training alone"

 (Developing teachers and trainers in undergraduate medical education, 2011)

The single criterion in category C aims to ensure that all trainers have attained a basic, minimum level of competence and that they continue to develop their skills as appropriate for their role.

We recognise that existing trainers have varied levels of past experience and training and have therefore allowed considerable flexibility over how this criterion is evidenced both for initial and ongoing recognition.

The diagram below illustrates the relationship between the GMC standards, the Scottish criteria for recognition, the seven Framework areas and the competency statements underpinning the Scottish Trainer Framework.


Note: GP trainers

The information in this section refers specifically to trainers working in secondary care or university settings who will require recognition for the first time under new GMC arrangements. GPs seeking formal trainer approval should continue to follow existing guidance.