Recognition and approval of trainers

The GMC published in August 2012 the implementation plan for the recognition and approval of trainers. View the summary on the GMC website.

The GMC have developed a more comprehensive framework of standards which includes the seven areas set out byt the Academy of Medical Educators.

They will also continue to use the existing standards for postgraduate training set out in The Trainee Doctor (pdf) and for undergraduate education in Tomorrow's Doctors.

The seven areas set out in the Academy of Medical Educators framework are:

a. ensuring safe and effective patient care through training

b. establishing and maintaining an environment for learning

c. teaching and facilitating learning

d. enhancing learning through assessment

e. supporting and monitoring educational progress

f. guiding personal and professional development

g. continuing professional development as an educator.

Health Education North West (Mersey) has developed Guidance to support the implementation of the approval and recognition of trainers (Mersey Deanery Guidance: Recognition and Approval of Trainers. September 2013).

All Clinical Supervisors, Educational Supervisors, Programme Directors, Heads of School, Deans, Deanery administrative staff and lay members will require appropriate training for the various roles that they perform for the ARCP Processes.

Visit the ARCP Process section for more information.

The HENW (Mersey) accreditation process is currently under review. A task and finish group has been setup to address the implementation of the GMC requirements for the recognition and approval of trainers. In the meantime HENW (Mersey) will continue to use the current accreditation process.

The accreditation process is based on three levels of competence.

Levels of competence

Equality and Diversity

Level one (Clinical supervisors – one to one supervision)
WPBA Assessment Tools
‘Supervisory Skills in the Workplace’

Level two (Educational supervisors – supervision of several trainees)
Effective teaching skills
Additional workshops (i.e. Trainees in difficulty)
Accreditation (i.e. Doctors as Educators peer support network/ collaboration with RCP)

Level three (Educational leads)
Formal qualification - Certificate, Diploma, Masters in Medical Education. Details of the Edge Hill University Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Clinical Practice.

The application process for accreditation has been developed to be compatible with annual consultant appraisal documentation. This will avoid unnecessary duplication.

The evidence that the criteria have been met should be presented in the form of a portfolio. This documentation can form part of the consultant appraisal portfolio for all those involved in postgraduate medical education and the Trust Director of Medical Education/PGCT will carry out an assessment of the portfolio provided.

HENW (Mersey) is also investigating the possibility of an online e-learning package for supervisors and developing a more structured programme of development and training for those who wish to take on a range of educational roles and develop their teaching and training skills.

For details of further courses contact your local Medical Education Manager or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Tel: 0151 285 4711 at HENW (Mersey).

HENW (Mersey) courses

A full list of forthcoming courses can be foundin the Courses and Events section.

The Royal College of Physicians continues to run the Doctors as Educators programme locally.


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Careers Fair 2014


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The Crypt Hall. Metropolitan Cathedral 4 October 2014 - 10.00am till 3.30pm A
comprehensive free exhibition to find out more about individual specialties.


Supported by an extensive seminar programme, this is your chance to get vital
career guidance and skill development to help plan your next career move.


The Health Education North West (Mersey) Careers Fair is aimed at

  • Medical Students
  • Foundation Year 1 & Year 2 Trainees
  • Core Trainees
  • Specialty Trainees
  • Specialty doctors
  • All other doctors welcome


We will be running seminars throughout the day to help you make the most of
attending the fair. These sessions offer a chance for you to take time out of the
hustle and bustle of the exhibition and give yourself half an hour to consider
what you will do next.


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