Interested in becoming an Educational Supervisor (Trainer in old money) or Clinical Supervisor?

Educational Supervisor (Trainer) The First Stage

The first step is to make contact with Bevis Heap ( . This will be an initial discussion about the New Trainers' Course and associated Postgraduate Certificate in Clinical Education (PGCCE). We will also want to discuss the following;

  1. Whether or not you are in an existing GP or Foundation training practice this will help us to assess the amount of preparation that you will need to undertake to become a trainer/training practice
  2. Discuss what CPD activities you have undertaken or plan to undertake to develop your skills as a trainer and how this fits in with your PDP
  3. Direct you towards your local GP Training Programme Director team (if you have not already been in contact) - this is to ensure that your local GP Training Programme Director team:
    • Are aware of your intentions
    • Talk to you about your plans - their support for your application is essential and they will also take into account local need for new trainers
    • Invite you to trainers meetings and add you to e-mail circulation list and otherwise begin to get you involved in the world of GP training. (You should begin to attend trainers meetings at least 6 months before you plan to do the New Trainers' Course)
  4. That you hold MRCGP or FRCGP - an essential requirement to become a GP trainer
  5. Ensure that you have the minimum level of experience
    • By the time that you are to have your first GP specialty trainee allocated you are required to have minimum post CCT experience of
      • 3 years in a non GP training practice
      • 2 years in a GP training practice
    • Been in your current practice for a minimum of 6 months.

     6.    Ensure that you have the full support of the wider practice to become a trainer/training practice
     7.   You need to be working in the practice for a minimum of 4 sessions a week in order to have enough contact with  your trainees.
     8.    Possibilities related to you becoming a supervisor of Foundation trainees in GP 
     9.    The time commitment and level of study required to satisfactorily complete the PGCME

The New Trainers' Course

Information about the New Trainers' Course is here. Attendance at the Trainers' Course is an essential requirement to becoming a Trainer.  Completion of the associated Certificate (at Masters level) in Medical Education is also an essential component before Trainer Approval.

The Informal Approval Visit

This visit will be carried out by an HEE EM representative again and normally lasts between 1 and 2 hours.  It is a formative assessment intended to identity areas for development/action. The assessment criteria are here. A decision will be made at this visit about whether or not to proceed to formal approval.

The formal approval visit

This is a half day process at which the HEE EM representatives will be;

  • A lead visitor - normally an APD, a PD, or the Education Advisor.
  • A Programme Director or experienced trainer from another practice.
  • An experienced practice manager from a training practice.

In order to be approved as a trainer there must have been recent peer review of teaching. This would not normally be done at the approval visit and therefore could have been at:

  1. The New Trainers' Course
  2. At your local trainers group
  3. By your GP Training Programme Director
  4. By another experienced GP trainer

These documents may be helpful with this and can be found here:

Teaching Review Checklist
Teaching Review Checklist Grid
Teaching Review Process
Peer Review of Teaching Form

Trainer Approval and Re-approval Pathway

We have looked at the pathway from thinking about becoming a trainer through the administrative and quality processes from then to the stage of re-approval. The refinements outlined in this document are to be the standard against which we will measure our performance. The administrative team and the APD team have worked over the past year to agree this and have analysed and ensured that previous blocks to the potentially complicated arrangements are addressed. Further details of this will be explained as you are going through the application process.

GP Clinical Supervisor training


If you are working as a partner or salaried GP in an existing training practice, don’t wish to become an educational supervisor yet, but are keen to help out with the GP Specialty training by doing debriefs, giving feedback and carrying out assessments, why not consider doing the Clinical Supervisor course? This runs over one and a half days, is free to participants, and is an excellent introduction to medical education.

If you are interested in becoming a GP Clinical Supervisor for Foundation trainees then again you will need to complete the relevant one and a half day course. If you are working in an existing training practice then gaining approval is relatively easy. If you and your practice are new to training then an approval visit will need to happen. This will be explained on the course.

Please see the download GP ST and F2 Clinical Supervisor Course, for more information. If you wish to supervise both GP Specialty Trainees (ST1/2/3) and Foundation trainees you will need to complete both half day sessions on day 2. Otherwise for Foundation Trainees come to the 'Foundation' session, for GP Specialty Trainees (ST1/2/3s) come to the 'GP Specialty' session.

The course dates for 2020 are as follows:

  • Tuesday 8 September 2020 - CS Training Part 1 - covers generic CS skills (feedback, educational theory, dealing with issues etc)
  • Tuesday 29 September 2020 - CS Training Part 2 (AM GP Specialty, PM Foundation). 
  • Tuesday 13 October 2020 - CS Training Part 1 - covers generic CS skills (feedback, educational theory, dealing with issues etc)
  • Tuesday 10 November 2020 - CS Training Part 2 (AM GP Specialty, PM Foundation).
  • Tuesday 16 February 2021 - CS Training Part 1 - covers generic CS skills (feedback, educational theory, dealing with issues etc)
  • Tuesday 9 March 2021 - CS Training Part 2 (AM GP Specialty, PM Foundation).

To book a place on any of the above sessions, please do this via Intrepid Course Manager. If the session does not appear on course manager it is full – sorry.

You will be sent a link to join the online session (microsoft teams, Zoom etc) and so you will need access to a computer with a webcam, speakers and microphone.