Trainers

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Below you can find information on Becoming a Trainer, Course for Prospective GP Trainers, New Trainer Course, Experienced Trainer CoursePart-Time Trainers and FAQ; as well as guidelines for Salaried GPs as Trainers, COGPED guidance on training with close family members and information on the Approval of GP Trainers in the Wessex Deanery and the Professional Support Unit (PSU).

Becoming a Trainer

GP training is an opportunity for all established GPs. To become a trainer, it is necessary to have had 3 years’ experience following the attainment of the Certificate of Completion of Training (CCT).  GPs need to have been working in a practice for 1 year, either as a salaried GP or partner, working full or part time. If you meet the above criteria and would like to discuss the possibilities of becoming a Trainer, please contact Dr Clare Wedderburn, Associate GP Dean.

a) Modular Course for Prospective GP Trainers

Prospective trainers are required to attend a 6-day modular course which comprises 3 x two-day sessions over a 3-month period.  Prospective Trainers are required to write a 1500 word dissertation, on completion of which you will receive a Certificate in Medical Education, a requirement of being a GP trainer in Wessex. Further information can be obtained from Jane Carr at the Deanery Courses & Conferences Centre (Booking Instructions).

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b) New Trainer Course

The New Trainer Course is compulsory, designed specifically for Trainers in their first 2 years of being a Trainer.  It is a modular course comprising 4 x half days and is aimed at ironing out some of the practical issues of being a new Trainer. Further information can be obtained from  Jane Carr at the Deanery Courses & Conferences Centre (Booking Instructions).

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c) Experienced Trainer Course

Established GP Trainers have to be revalidated every 3 years to remain training. Part of this process includes a practice re-approval visit. However, it is also a compulsory requirement that established Trainers attend the Experienced Trainer Course every 3 years. Further information can be obtained from Jane Carr at the Deanery Courses & Conferences Centre (Booking Instructions).

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FAQ – Trainers

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Part-Time Trainers

Full time GP specialty trainees are based in GP practices for 7 sessions per week including 4 hours of teaching. GP Trainers are expected to provide clinical supervison for their GPST at all times, or in their absence to arrange for an alternative GP in the practice to act as a Clinical Supervisor.  A Trainer can be part time as long as they have direct supervision of the GPST for at least 50% of the GP Trainee’s working week.  Further guidance is available here, and on the Deanery web site.

The Part Time GP Trainer is expected to:

  • Have significant direct supervision of the Trainee across their whole training attachment.  The usual requirement is to be present for at least 50% of the trainee’s normal working week.
  • Remain legally responsible for the training and documentation required by the Deanery/RCGP/GMC regulations.
  • Be aware of ,and acquaint themselves with, all aspects of the trainee’s training and work.
  • Provide the majority of the teaching sessions / tutorials across the whole attachment.
  • Nominate an appropriately qualified Clinical Supervisor within the practice in their absence to supervise the GP trainee.
  • Have documented sufficient clinical and educational experience of the Trainee to be able to justify any decisions or judgments on the trainee’s suitability to attain CCT/CEGPR.
  • Be aware of the requirement to provide sufficient documented evidence in the case of a claim against inadequate training if the Deanery is subject to an appeal in the case of any unsatisfactory progression.
  • Attend all normal GP Trainer activities.

The Deanery reserves the right to change the training status or approval of a Trainer on the recommendation of the Patch Associate Dean or other senior educationalist, without notice and subject to approval by the GP-STC.

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Salaried GPs as GP Trainers

Salaried GP Trainers

There is no statement in the regulations that a GP Trainer has to be a Partner of a Practice.  However if a salaried GP is to take on the role of GP trainer they must be employed by the practice, be involved in practice business meetings and have an influence over decisions regarding practice development and GP training.  It is essential that a salaried GP trainer is given all the support they need by the Partners in the practice.

Wessex Criteria for Salaried GP Trainers:

  • The practice must already be approved as a training practice.
  • Trainer approval must be granted to the practice for 3 years.
  • A continuing partner in the practice must be an approved trainer (i.e. not retired).
  • The practice must have capacity to take one or more trainee at any one time.
  • The trainer must have a continuing educational commitment (i.e. a trainee needs to have been allocated to the practice in the last 3 yrs).
  • The salaried GP must have the support of training by the other partners in the practice.
  • The salaried GP must be able to show evidence of involvement in practice policies.
  • The decision to accept a salaried GP as a trainer is ultimately subject to patch Associate Dean approval and approval by the Deanery GP Specialty Training Committee.
  • The salaried GP must attend a trainers group.

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COGPED Guidance

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Approval of GP Trainers in Wessex Deanery

All approved GP trainers are now listed on the GMC website. The details can be found here: GMC Approval of GP trainers

The GMC is required by the 1983 Medical Act to approve GP trainers.  As such, the GMC needs to receive relevant information on GP trainers and who have been Approved or Re-approved by Deaneries since 30 September 2005.

The Wessex Deanery GP Specialty Training Committee approves GP trainers on behalf of the GMC and monitors the overall maintenance of GMC training standards by trainers and training practices.  In line with current GMC regulations, there are three potential outcomes to the monitoring process:

  • Approval or Continuation of approval status.
  • Continuation of approval status with a formative action plan to address specific issues within a defined timescale.
  • In the event that issues in the formative action plan are not addressed within the timescale and/or there is a documented history of significant failure to comply with GMC standards the GP Specialty Training School will refer the matter to the GMC for further advice and guidance.

In accordance with the GMC’s Post, Programme and GP Trainer Approval – Withdrawals Process “whilst a post, programme or GP trainer continues to be approved by the GMC, a Postgraduate Dean may remove trainees from a training placement at any time”.

Duration of Approval

Cat

Type

Duration Requirements

Reason

1

New or First Approval One Training year This is to allow the completion of one training placement and attendance at the New Trainers course Maximum time before review is 2 years

2

Re-approval 4 years Must attend Advanced Trainers course and visit another Training practice as part of the Trainer Re-approval process Maximum time before review is normally 3 years

2

Re-approval 1-3 years Must attend advanced Trainers course and visit another Training practice as part of the Trainer Re-approval process This may be to bring re-approval visits in line if more than one Trainer in the practice

3

Re-approval with Conditions 6 months to 1 year Must attend advanced Trainers course and visit another Training practice as part of the Trainer Re-approval process Continuation of approval status with a formative action plan to address specific issues within a defined timescale.

4

Withdrawal of approval None Trainer has retired

4

Withdrawal of approval None Trainer does not meet the required Training standards Remedial plan and action required before further visit

GP Training Standards

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Professional Support Unit (PSU)

The Professional Support Unit (PSU) is a Health Education Wessex run unit for trainees in need of extra support. Trainees are usually referred to the PSU via Clare Wedderburn in the patch office and Richard Weaver at Otterbourne. Trainees are given case managers from either primary or secondary care. There is a panel of experts known as the Virtual Support Group (VSG) which case managers can access as a resource for trainees referred to the PSU. This list is posted on the PSU pages of the Health Education Wessex website. In addition, key documents are available such as Forms A and B for referrers, C for case manager assessment and D for case manager funding requests.

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