Named Clinical and Educational Supervisors / GMC Recognition of Trainers

 Working in Partnership 


The GMC introduced new requirements for the recognition of trainers from 2013 and in order to provide a coherent approach to all those delivering educational roles in the East Midlands, The University of Leicester and the University of Nottingham Medical Schools have worked in partnership with Health Education East Midlands to deliver trainer recognition across the East Midlands.

Health Education England, working across the East Midlands (HEE EM) has undertaken to develop a strategy that oversees the delivery of flexible high quality training for all supervisors within the region which meets the GMC Recognition of Trainers project. We aim to develop high quality educators who are delivering the best possible supervision for trainees. We envisage that this will aid the recruitment of trainees who are attracted to work and train in the East Midlands, and support educators to develop their skills. Having the best educators supervising and motivating trainees will in turn support the best possible care for patients across the region.

The GMC has set a timetable to recognise trainers in 4 specific roles by July 2016.

These 4 roles are:

a. named educational supervisors in postgraduate training
b. named clinical supervisors in postgraduate training
c. lead coordinators of undergraduate training at each local education provider
d. doctors responsible for overseeing students’ educational progress for each medical school.

The GMC has chosen to use the 7 domains originally developed by the Academy of Medical educators. Local education providers such as hospitals and general practices will use the seven domains to show how they identify, train and appraise trainers.

  1. ensuring safe and effective patient care through training
  2. establishing and maintaining an environment for learning
  3. teaching and facilitating learning
  4. enhancing learning through assessment
  5. supporting and monitoring educational progress
  6. guiding personal and professional development
  7. continuing professional development as an educator.

 Named clinical supervisors must demonstrate evidence in domains 1-4 and 7, whereas trainers in the other 3 roles must demonstrate evidence in all 7 domains.


Training resources

For current/aspiring trainers looking for CPD suggestions relevant to their training role, please see our Training Resources page:

Appraiser Guide for Secondary Care

We have produced a document to support both you as educators and your appraisers. Your NHS appraisal should consider your entire scope of practice, including any educational roles you undertake. This document makes some suggestions as to the type of evidence you might want to include for appraisal and revalidation as an educator. The document can be found in the list of pdfs on the right hand side of your screen.

Guidance on locums acting as supervisors

Please see the guidance below related to locums acting as supervisors. This has been written by Dan Kinnair, Associate Postgraduate Dean, and Bridget Langham, Director of Foundation Training, at HEE EM.

  1. Locum Consultants should not be able to act as named Educational Supervisors
  2. Locum Consultants can act as named Clinical Supervisors if:
    • They are contracted for a minimum of 3 months, and this specific role is in their contract.
    • They have undertaken the training requirements for this role – please click here to view the training requirements.
    • They are appraised for this role as part of an annual appraisal process if in a long term locum position. 

Clearly locum consultants can provide day to day supervision if this is felt to be appropriate upon appointment, but the formal roles of named clinical and named educational supervision require specific training.

Related Links

GMC - Recognition and Approval of Trainers