Workforce, training and education
East Midlands

GP New Trainers' Courses

Please note that this course is only open to GPs practising in the East Midlands region.

Many people say it is hard work but a recent student had this to say:

"I would highly recommend the GP  Trainers' Course.

"This involves getting a qualification in PGCert Clinical Education under Nottingham Trent University (NTU) and sponsorship from NHSE.

"The course organisers and tutors where brilliant. They were knowledgeable, enthusiastic and most of all supportive at all stages of the course.

"Academic writing is hard work but it is definitely worth it and I found several aspects relevant.  Within 7 months and despite challenges including that of the Covid pandemic, our practice became a training practice with an assigned  GP Trainee. This is a great achievement.

"Will encourage any GP interested in medical education to sign up for the next course. 

Others have said similar.


In order to become a GP Trainer (Educational Supervisor of GP Specialty Trainees) the following are required:


  1. An initial discussion with Julia Taylor ( 
  2. Evidence of commitment to become a GP Trainer and consequently provide a placement for a GP Specialty Trainee. That evidence should include:
    • A description of the CPD activities that you have or plan to undertake to become a trainer
    • Evidence of contact with and support from you local GP Training Programme Director
    • Evidence of attendance or plan to attend you local trainers group meetings
  3. Evidence of full support of key personnel in your practice
  4. Attendance at all 6 days of the New Trainers Course/Postgraduate Certificate in Clinical Education (PGCCE) (at masters level).  If you already have a PGCME, PGCCE or equivalent then you must attend the course but will not need to do the assignments and will not be enrolled as a student at  Nottingham Trent University but you need to attend all of both Modules.  Satisfactory completion of the PGCCE must be attained within 12 months of you starting as an ES.
  5. Undertake a personal and practice self assessment against the approval criteria.
  6. Have an informal visit with a local GP Training Programme Director to assess your and the practice's readiness for a formal visit
  7. Have a formal visit in order to be approved

The Postgraduate Certificate in Clinical Education

As part of our philosophy we believe that all new educators or trainers should receive academic recognition of the work required to achieve this status. The Nottingham Trent University Postgraduate Certificate in Clinical Education represents an opportunity for NHSE East Midlands to recognise the professional development of their educators..

Upon satisfactory completion of the six taught days of the Postgraduate Certificate you will become eligible to proceed on to a Trainer approval visit and become an ES, provisional for a year or until you have been confirmed as passing the Module Two Assignments, and also to move on to further study at Masters Level if you so desire.

Details about the course itself:

Cohort B Jan and April - Bookings closed

17-19 Jan 2024 inc and 17-19 Apr 2024 inc

Cohort A Sept and Jan - Bookings Open

9-11 Sept 2024 inc and 08-10 Jan 2025 inc

Cohort B Jan and April - Bookings Opening Soon

13-15 Jan 2025 inc and 09-11 April 2025 inc

Expressions of interest invited.


The course is currently free.  This is a recent change (Jan 23)


Whether you are applying for the course and the Certificate, (complete forms A and B) or just the Course because you already have a Certificate that it has been agreed would count, (complete Form A only)  Please see the attached student registration forms (Part A & B) towards the bottom of the  page. 

For those who do not need the Certificate we will not send details to NTU and you will not be enrolled as a student.

Please complete both forms, Part A and Part B.

Email Part A to Katie Hickin -

Email Part B to NTU (If you are doing the certificate)-

(By 5th August for Cohort A, 10th December for Cohort B).  Late applications cannot be accepted as we have to carry out some Clinical Governance checks and give Nottingham Trent University time to enter you on their system before the course begins.

The forms are in a fillable PDF format so please can you complete both forms, sign and save to your desk top, then email them as attachments back to the emails above.

The other form stays with HEE.


Complete sections 1-6 ensuring we have the correct date of birth and contact details for you.  The other sections are important but the University are unable to create your student record if sections 1 & 2 are incomplete for any reason.

Section 7 of the form – Please complete the dropdown section relating to the residential category – you only need to complete this part of section 7 as you don’t require a visa and therefore the University does not require your passport number.  We definitely don’t need a copy of your passport.

Please complete Section 9 by reading the declaration at the bottom and filling in your signature.

Complete the data sharing section of the form by completing your student name, sponsor name, NHSE East Midlands contact details are those for Katie Hickin 

If there are any queries please don’t hesitate to get in touch.



Sample Timetable

Sample Certificate in Clinical Education Timetables


Module 1 Day 1

09:00 – 09:30

Coffee and Registration

(Students who already have a PG Cert do not need to attend this session)


09:30 – 09.45

Welcome and Introduction to the PG Cert Medical Education Programme

(Students who already have a PG Cert do not need to attend this session)

09:45 – 11:15

Presentation: Introduction to NOW and  Making the Most of university library access

(Students who already have a PG Cert do not need to attend this session)





Presentation: Writing and Referencing at Masters Level

(Students who already have a PG Cert do not need to attend this session)

13:00- 13:45


13:45 – 14:00

Presentation: GP Postgraduate Dean or representative

14:00- 14:20

Introduction to feedback.


Small Groups:  – Introductions and basics

Structure of HEE

Local programmes

Trainers’ groups

15:10 – 15:25


15:25- 16:30


Small Groups:  – Giving and receiving feedback/ debriefing






New Trainers’ Course and PGCert in Clinical Education





Module 1 Day 2 Virtual

09:00 – 09:05

Presentation: Reflections on Day 1

09:05 – 09:22

Presentation: Educational Theory 1

09:25 – 09:45

Presentation: Assessment, formative and summative


Small Groups: –COT




  • 12:00

Small Groups: –COT


12:00 – 12:15

Presentation: The Learning Environment

12:15- 12:30

Presentation: Management of Teaching

12:30– 13:15


13:15 – 13:30

Presentation: Educational Theory 2


Small Groups: what does a good learning environment look like? Training criteria/ induction/ timetables



– 16:30

Small Groups: CBD; looking at other assessment tools: CSR/ CEPS








Module 1 Day 3. Virtual



09:00 – 09:05

Presentation: Reflections on Day 2

0905 – 09:30

Presentation: Eportfolio

09:30 – 10:30

Small Groups:  Teaching in practice.  One to one, small groups, larger groups

10:30 – 10:45


10:45 – 11:00

Presentation: Introduction to Educational Issues

11:00 – 11:15

Presentation: How to Stretch More Able Trainees

11:15 – 12:30

Small Groups: – working with diverse learners

Support available

12:30 – 13:15


13:15 – 13:30

Presentation:  Video in consultations


Small Groups: - Using video in teaching/ feedback



– 15:30

mop up session, practice/discuss those issues which need more development within your group

15:30 – 16:00

Plenary –to include briefing for NOW task and Student Presentations in Module 2




Day 1:


09:00 – 09:10

Introduction: Looking Back and Moving On


09:10 – 09:30

Presentation: Assignments for Module 2


09:30 – 10:00

Presentation: Working with IMGs

10:00 – 10:20

Presentation: ARCP


10:20 – 10:40

Presentation: Educational Planning


10:40 – 11:00

Presentation: WPBA


11:00 – 11:15



Small Groups:

e.g. Groupwork agenda setting

Educational Planning.



13:00 (ish)


To 15:05



Small Groups (continue)

e.g.Tutorial planning

15:05 – 15:20




15:20 – 15:40

Presentation: How to Recognise Strugglers


15:40 – 16:00

Presentation: Putting Teaching and Learning Theory into Practice


16:00 – 16:30

Guest Speaker

Head of School







Day 2:

09:00 – 09:05



09:05 – 10:30

Student Presentations 1 (assessed)

10 minutes presentations on a subject of the student’s choice


10:30 – 10:45


10:45 – 11:05

Presentation: Teaching Consultation Skills Using Models (to include SPIKE/COT/CSA)


11.05 -11.25

Special Guest Presentation: Dyslexia


11:25 – 12:30

Small Groups:

e.g. Practical Session on Teaching Consultation Skills

Use of video, role play, simulation (Neighbour and Pendleton)

Discuss specific


12:30 - 13:20


13:30 – 14:00

Guest Speaker

Newly qualified Trainer


14:00 - 14:30

Guest Speaker

Programme manager


14:30 – 14:45


14.45 - 16:15

Guest Speaker:  Refresher – Writing at Masters’ level

Learner Support Co-ordinator NTU











Day 3:

09:00 – 09:05



09:05 – 10:30

Student Presentations 2 (assessed)

10 minutes presentations on a subject of the student’s choice


10:30 – 10:45


10:45 – 11:05

Presentation: Applied Knowledge Test (AKT),  

Clinical Skills (CSA) and Remote Consultation Assessments (RCA)



Small Groups:

e.g. Reflective logs, PDPs, planning for AKT/CSA/ lifelong learning


13:00 (ish)


To 13:45

Small Groups (continue)

e.g. QIP etc.

Mop Up


13:45- 14.15

Guest Speaker:

Professional Support and Well-being Service (PSW)



Presentation:  Teaching for specific situations e.g. Telephone triage, OOH, learning difficulties, children, translation, multiple people


14:35 – 14:55


Presentation: QIP/ audit/ QIA


14:55 – 15:10


15:10 – 15:40

Presentation: Writing and Referencing Refresher

Plenary: Next steps


15:40 (ish)






Course Assignments

These assignments are designed to show the links between theory and practice and are based in skills and information you will find useful when completing the Application Form to be a GP Trainer and Training Practice.

Module 1

a 3000 word essay on your PDP

Deadline 5-6 weeks after Module 1

An on-line Workbook on the Learning Environment

Deadline approx. 12 weeks after Module 1

A 10 minute small group presentation on a topic of your choice

To be done within Module 2

Module 2

A 3000 word essay on a Educational Plan for a learner in your organisation

Deadline 5-6 weeks after Module 2

An on-line Workbook on Feedback

Deadline approx. 12 weeks after Module 2