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Support for Schools

The Faculty Development Team offers a number of forms of support to Specialty and Foundation schools 

Educational consultancy

The London Deanery actively encourages School-based faculty development activity and can provide advice on the content, format and delivery of educational programmes.  The Deanery, working with academic partners in London and external providers, will ensure that educational expertise is readily available.   Through regular meetings with Clinical Tutors, Directors of Medical Education and Postgraduate Centre Managers, e-mail bulletins and this web site, the Deanery will also ensure that its wider educational network is fully informed about all faculty development opportunities.

For further information, assistance and advice contact Catherine O'Keeffe, Faculty Development Education Lead: 

Funding for School-based projects

In addition to the above, in consultation with School representatives the Deanery, via the Faculty Development Team, provides financial support for School-based trainer development projects in the areas of clinical supervision, educational supervision, working with groups and educational management and leadership. Heads of Schools have already been approached to discuss their school-based faculty development plans for 2012-13.  The funding is being employed in a range of different ways including;

  • development of DVD resources and podcasts
  • providing in house ongoing training programmes for trainers and trainees including TTT and Educational Supervision courses
  • commissioning specific courses from providers such as Royal Colleges

A brief report on each project is available for the current year from the Faculty Development Team. Please contact Team Leader, Nerys Cater:  


Supervision skills for clinical teachers: conversations inviting change - School Based workshops

Via the Faculty Development Team, London Deanery offers a service for delivering one-day Supervision skills workshops to Specialty schools. School-based workshops can be organised for groups of 8-16 participants.  Groups are made up from any combination of interested people e.g. a group of consultants and STRs. 

The workshop offers hands-on training in the essential skills for good supervision.  In particular, it addresses the issue of how to balance confirmation with challenge when supervising everyone from high fliers to doctors in difficulty.

Much of the workshop is based on participants' own working experience.  Please come expecting to talk about current cases and dilemmas with patients, trainees, colleagues and teams.

Please note that this is not a comprehensive workshop in how to be a clinical or educational supervisor, but it will equip you with essential conversational skills for those roles. The training does not cover the contents of the Gold Guide (e.g. roles and responsibilities of educational supervisors) or the 'nuts and bolts' of MMC (e.g. curricula or work-based assessment.)

To arrange a school-based workshop please contact Nerys Cater on 

Schools will be required to advertise events, manage course bookings and organise teaching accommodation.  We usually require approximately 3 month's notice to set up dates and recruit course facilitators.


Further information

For further information  about the educational requirements of specialty training see the Guide to postgraduate Specialty training in the UK – download the ‘Gold Guide’ (4th edition 2010).