A trainer is the person who is responsible for a specialty trainee’s day-to-day training whilst they are in a practice. They are usually a GP, but nurses and practice managers can also apply to be trainers. Salaried GPs as well as partners are encouraged to think about applying to become a trainer. If they are a GP, a trainer should have MRCGP or iMAP or nMAP. It is now a requirement that intending trainers complete a Post Graduate Certificate in Medical Education (PGCME). Please see the Deanery website for the latest guidance on the requirements for intending trainers.

If you are interested and want an informal discussion with the Training Programme Directors please email hyp-tr.gp.scheme@nhs.net

You will wear many ‘hats’ as a trainer. You will be there to help them develop educationally, leading them to identify their learning needs and find ways of addressing those. You will also help them develop their consultation skills, and help them develop the skills to work in the primary care team. Additionally, you will help them develop the skills to become reflective practitioners and hopefully educators themselves. One of your key roles will be in assessing them as part of the workplace-based assessment, through COTs, CBDs and other tools. There may be times when you have to mentor them, and support them through difficult personal and professional circumstances. Sometimes you may have to bring them difficult feedback from your colleagues and you may even have to defend them in the face of criticism from colleagues.

Why should I become a trainer?

Primary care is now recognised as the most effective way of managing the complex health and social care needs of a growing and ageing population. The demand for general practitioners who are equipped with these skills is growing. As a trainer, you have the unique opportunity to influence the primary care of the future.

Having a trainee also helps the practice stay up to date, and ensure that it continues to provide high standards of organisational and clinical care to its patients. Being a training practice can help with recruitment and maintaining the reputation of the practice, and, to some extent, the trainee will be an extra pair of hands to help out with the clinical duties.

For the trainer, training brings variety and challenge to the working week, and is an ideal stepping stone for those who want to develop more of a portfolio career in education. It can also bring opportunities for the trainer themselves to reflect on their own consultation skills and learning needs, ensuring that they, as well as the practice, stay up to date and continue to provide high standards of care.

You will also be required to undertake some teaching at the half-day release on a Tuesday afternoon. This will usually be 2 or 3 sessions in a 12 month period.

More information/contact us

Administrators for GP Specialty Training
The Medical Education Centre
Hull Royal Infirmary
Anlaby Road
Tel: 01482 604332
Fax: 01482 586587
Email:  hyp-tr.gp.scheme@nhs.net