This section of the Framework is aimed at all non-training grade doctors, including consultants, General Practitioners (GPs) and Staff Grade, Associate Specialist and Specialty (SAS) doctors. Depending on the point at which they exited training and their subsequent experience, SAS doctors may also find the section for higher trainees useful. It was produced using data gathered from a consultation of the Scottish trainer workforce and is intended as a tool to help doctors plan their professional development as educators, including those who hold formal but non-recognised teacher or trainer roles.
The core of the Framework is built around a number of competency statements mapped against the seven areas of the GMC’s Framework for trainers. The actual remit of any trainer will vary hugely between individuals and these competency statements are not intended to be used as a checklist. Instead, they provide indicators of the types of teaching activity covered in each Framework area to allow teachers and trainers to:
- assess their own development needs
- select appropriate training courses
- collect relevant evidence to present at appraisal
The Framework for career grade doctors has been broken into three sections:
- minimum standards for all
- ‘early’ skills for those at the start of their educational career
- ‘advanced’ skills for those with more experience or who are interested in career progression
For those working in secondary care who hold, or wish to apply for, a ‘named trainer’ role, guidance is available in the section on trainer recognition. Additional information is provided for GPs who are, or wish to become, approved GP trainers.