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Support for Educational Teams


Education Team Development Service: Guidance for Local Education Providers in the appointment of providers to deliver educational prescriptions.

The Education Team Development Service (ETDS) is part of the Professional Development Department at HEE in London and the South East. We support teams of clinical teachers in delivering high quality post-qualification training.

We offer input in a range of circumstances including the following:

  • where problems with training have been identified (eg in trainee surveys, or difficulties in recruitment)
  • where teams need help in balancing educational, clinical and other demands
  • where team members are uncertain about their educational roles and responsibilities, or their skills as supervisors and trainers
  • when new educational teams are set up (eg through reorganisations or the appointment of new lead providers)

We accept requests for input from Medical Directors, Directors of Medical Education and other senior clinical teachers, and Directors of Nursing and Allied Health Professionals. We also receive requests from Postgraduate Deans, Multiprofessional Deans, Trust Liaison Deans, Heads of Specialty Schools and others within HEE, who may ask us to contact senior local educators within LEPs with a recommendation for involvement from ETDS.

From January 2016, the service will operate a ‘hub and spoke’ model. The hub or ‘core team’ will consist of the ETDS lead, together with four or five core team members. They will offer advice and guidance, assessment of needs and diagnosis and, where appropriate, a ‘prescription’ for further educational interventions. The spokes will be individuals and organisations that will deliver these educational prescriptions in contract with the Local Education Provider (LEP).

Providers for educational prescriptions


Once an educational prescription has been given, Trusts will be responsible for identifying and engaging any providers independently, and for undertaking any local due diligence required in ascertaining provider suitability to deliver the prescription.


Feedback about the service

‘My impression is that we have now overcome the adversarial atmosphere and continue to improve supervision and feedback’ (Training Programme Director)

‘I want to warmly commend everyone involved in this. I am grateful to [the ETD team] for all that they have done.  Equally, on behalf of the Trust, I would like to thank trainers and trainees for embracing the process…Well done everyone.’ (Director of Medical Education)

‘Basically we were impressed in that there seemed to be consistent evidence of a marked improvement. The trainees…had only positive feedback on their training, including the presence of consultants providing a high level of day to day clinical supervision. One or two trainees who had experience of how things used to be…also said that the situation had improved…Many thanks for your input’ (Head of School)

Further information

For further information or requests for support, please contact Dr John Launer, Lead for Educational Team Development