Becoming a Trainer

The First Stage
The first step is to make contact with Bevis Heap ( or Mike Davies, Associate Postgraduate Dean ( This will be an initial discussion about the New Trainers Course and associated Postgraduate Certificate in Medical Education (PGCME). After going through your plans and what is required, he will put you back in touch with one of the Chesterfield GP training programme directors. There is more detail here.

Educational Supervisor Course
Information about the New Trainer Course is here. Attendance at the Trainer's Course is an essential requirement to becoming a Trainer. Completion of the associated certificate at Masters level in Medical Education is also an essential component before Trainer Approval (for those starting the course from January 2011). Between the two modules of the course, you will need to have an informal visit by one of the GP training programme directors. Please go to contact us .

Informal Visit
This visit will be carried out by a Deanery representative, again probably one of the local programme directors and normally lasts between 1 and 2 hours. It is a formative assessment intended to identity areas for development/action. The criteria we use and all the information you will need is available here.

The Formal Approval Visit
This is a half day process undertaken after you have completed the Educational Supervisors Course. The Deanery representatives who will be present at this visit are:

  • A lead visitor - normally an APD.
  • An experienced Trainer from another practice.
  • An experienced practice manager from a training practice.
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