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GMC Approval of Trainers Project

Following consultation, the General Medical Council has now agreed a phased process for implementing new arrangements for recognising trainers 

The arrangements relate to:

a. named educational supervisors in postgraduate training
b. named clinical supervisors in postgraduate training
c. lead coordinators of undergraduate training at each local education provider
d. doctors responsible for overseeing students’ educational progress for each medical school.

The GMC has agreed to use the seven areas set out by the Academy of Medical Educators to provide a structure i.e.

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.


Local education providers will use these areas to select, train and appraise trainers.  Further details are available here:

The London Deanery’s  Professional Development Framework, introduced across London four years ago, uses this structure and more than meets the GMC requirements. The GMC is currently finalising an Implementation Plan which will provide guidance to trainers, education organisers and local education providers.  This will have the following milestones for deaneries or their successor organisations:

a. To submit a timeline for implementation for trainer recognition - by 31 December 2012.
b. To confirm that criteria and systems are in place and ready for data entry – by 31 July 2013.
c. To confirm that full information has been entered for all trainers in the four roles in light of the above criteria and that the trainers have all been categorised as provisionally or fully recognised – by 31 July 2014.
d. To confirm that all trainers in, or entering, the four roles, are fully recognised ie have met the above criteria, without use of interim concessions – by 31 July 2016.

Providers are required to ensure that trainer approval processes and databases meet the requirements of the 20124 edition of the Professional Development Framework for Supervisors.