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Educational Tariff Guidance

This guidance should be read in conjunction with the definitions provided earlier.

Postgraduate medical education has changed dramatically in the past few years, and in line with increasing accountability found across the public sector there are greater expectations than ever on consultant trainers. It is therefore now an expectation, as laid out in educational contracts with Trusts, that appropriate time for training is allocated within an individual consultant’s job plan. This will be monitored as part of routine quality and contract monitoring processes.

Named educational supervisor
0.25 PA per week per trainee

This would usually be planned as part of supporting programmed activity (SPA) time. However, a consultant’s workload might be such that additional programmed activities (PAs) are required or time is found within clinical activities. In the interests of clarity, the Director of Medical Education (or nominated deputy or equivalent) within each Trust will make a formal recommendation for consultants to take forward to the job planning process based on the tariff below. This will be subject to, and an outcome of successful participation in the educational review process. Please note that this is not a guarantee that additional PAs will be made available – ultimately this is a matter for negotiation between employee and employer – but it is our view that these are reasonable expectations that meet national requirements.

Named clinical supervisor
0.25 PA per week (maximum) independent of number of trainees

Participation in the three-yearly review process is now a requirement for named clinical supervisors. The Professional Development Framework should be used to guide faculty development programmes for this group of trainers. Trainers with a named clinical or named educational supervision role will be expected to demonstrate their competence through participation in the three-yearly cycle of educational review described in the Requirements on Trusts section.

Training programme director
1 PA per week (minimum) per 40 trainees

The role of the training programme director is defined in the ‘Gold Guide’ (Department of Health 2010) paragraphs 4.12–4.14. The GMC requires that training programmes are led by programme directors who have responsibility for the management of both trainees and their programmes. Sample job descriptions for training programme directors are available on the faculty development website. Funding for training programme directors is sent directly to Trusts or via lead providers. Programme directors overseeing certain groups of trainees may attract a higher rate of remuneration.

Foundation programme director
1 PA per week (minimum) per 30 trainees

The foundation training programme director is responsible for the overall management and quality control of a Foundation Programme that consists of 20–40 placements designed for foundation training across the local health economy. Funding for the support of foundation training is sent directly to Trusts on a per trainee basis and may be used flexibly by Trusts.

College or specialty tutor

No strict stipulations on the job planning requirements of College or specialty tutors is in place as their role and level of involvement in local education varies from Trust to Trust and across specialties. Increasingly though, tutors may find themselves playing an important part in the selection and reaccreditation of named clinical and educational supervisors and will normally be accountable to the Director of Medical Education.

Director of Medical Education/Clinical Tutor
3–5 PAs per week

Directors of Medical Education and Clinical Tutors will hold a Trust job description and time for the role will be allocated within the agreed job plan. A generic job description is available from the National Association of Clinical Tutors. Also a sample job description for Directors of Medical Education is available on the faculty development website

Historically, Clinical Tutors and Directors of Medical Education were dually funded by Trust
and the former London Deanery, although these posts, and associate positions, have recently been handed over to fall under Trust management.

Other educational tasks

From time to time consultants will be required to participate in other educational activities such as attendance at specialty training or School committee meetings, programme meetings, participation in recruitment episodes and other Trust-based educational activities such as teaching or facilitation in simulation centres. It is not possible to provide blanket guidance around these many and diverse educational responsibilities and these elements of an individual’s role should be allocated time in the job plan by individual negotiation.