Trainer approval is a separate process to revalidation, and we will continue to undertake training practice visits on a locality basis every 3-4 years. Increasingly you will be asked to produce PDP and appraisal output statements for these visits. Trainers are reminded to inform the Postgraduate Dean or Director of Postgraduate GP Education if they have any GMC probity issues or undergoing investigation.

Please note it is not essential that your GP appraiser is an approved trainer to approve your extended trainer role.

Audit, significant events, and complaints related to your training and can all be included, as well as colleague feedback from trainees, peer trainers and the deanery. One excellent suggestion is to hand out the attached GP Registrar Feedback Questionnaire at end or in the middle of an attachment as it satisfies all recommended GMC domains for revalidation. 

Trainer NHS Appraisal & Revalidation Presentation 

  • GP trainers should describe their extended role as a GP Educator in preparation for annual appraisal.
  • Trainers can choose a GP trainer or non-GP trainer for the purpose of NHS appraisal. (There is a valid argument to be appraised by a non-trainer peers for extended roles).
  • They should collect evidence under the key 6 headings for revalidation in their role as a  trainer over 5 years (CPD, PDP, Sig Events, quality improvement, feedback and complaints)
  • The evidence collected under these headings will align to all 7 Academy of Medical Educator Domains required by the GMC for revalidation but we await a modification to the RCGP eportfolio.
  • At a minimum they are required to do the following:
    1. Have one or more PDP items related to GP training.
    2. Collect CPD credits (teaching and learning) in proportion to their GP training role. HEWM recommends a minimum of 6 trainer related CPD credits per year (or approximately 1 day per year).  
    3. Ensure Equality and Diversity training has been undertaken within the past 3 years.
    4. Collect any feedback from colleagues, trainees and the Deanery in relation to their GP trainer role.
    5. Record any trainee related significant events or complaints
    6. Review their GP trainer role with their NHS appraiser and ensure a summary statement included on Form 4 or the equivalent. 

Spotting a struggling GP trainer.

A GP trainer should provide a good role model as a GP and educator with satisfactory clinical standards in an appropriate learning enviroment.  Your appraiser should not have any concerns about your trainer role. A struggling GP trainers might be identified as any one or more of the following:

  • Below average clinical standards / QOF
  • Below average CPD engagement
  • Complaints (patient or trainees)
  • Poor feedback (patients, colleagues, trainees)
  • Lack of engagement with deanery e.g. not attending trainers workshop or updates
  • Long term trainer sickness
  • GMC probity issues

 Excellent and simple advice on GP Appraisal and Revalidation can be found at this LINK

Equality and Diversity Training

The Deanery, following the GMC, advises that all supervisors are required to complete an ‘Equality and Diversity’ module via a Deanery, College, Trust or University every three years. Most trainers in H & W did theirs on 5th November 2009 at the regional trainers' day at Puckrup so are due for an update. We have no plans to organise a further session, mainly because of time constraints but recommend that you do the on line module available from the West Midlands Deanery Website

E&D Training Core Learning Unit

The Learning Log Entries in GP Specialty Training (GPST) ePortfolios

The RCGP Workplace Based Assessment Core Group has published a position paper intended to help you with assessing ePortfolio learning log entries. Please download it from here.

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