Faculty development

What is faculty development?

Faculty development can be defined as a process by which supervisors within a clinical setting work systematically to improve their skills as educators. Faculty development is important for meeting individual revalidation requirements and for helping supervisors to succeed as facilitators of effective and efficient learning.

GMC recognition of trainers

The GMC is setting out plans to recognise doctors in secondary care who are responsible for the training of medical students and other doctors. The GMC will check that its required standards  for secondary care training are met through quality assurance activity. As such, the trainer recognition process is a key component of the GMC's regulatory framework designed to provide assurance to patients and others that medical education and training produces doctors with the appropriate knowledge, skills and behaviours.

Requirements to become a named supervisor

To become accredited as a named educational or clinical supervisor, doctors need to be trained in all seven of the domains of the Academy of Medical Educator's Framework for the Professional Development of Postgraduate Medical Supervisor:

  • Ensuring safe and effective patient care through training

  • Establishing and maintaining an environment for learning

  • Teaching and facilitating learning

  • Enhancing learning through assessment

  • Supporting and monitoring educational process

  • Guiding personal and professional development

  • Continuing professional development (CPD) as an educator.

How you can achieve this

Doctors will need to have completed the following courses:

  • Educational and clinical supervision

  • Taainees in difficulty

  • Workplace based assessment/e-portfolio

  • Equality and diversity (to be updated every three years).

Once the courses have been completed, you will need to complete a Professional development portfolio[doc] 85KB and sent it to:

Paul Andrews
Deputy Medical Education Manager
Postgraduate Medical Centre
St Helier Hospital
Wrythe Lane
Carshalton
Surrey
SM5 1AA

Full guidance on completing the portfolio can be found with the Professional development framework 2014[pdf] 695KB.

Current in-house training courses

St Helier PGMC

No data currently available.

Epsom PGMC

28 September 2018 - 3 in 1 Flyer.pdf[pdf] 217KB

To book a place on a training course, contact:

Paul Andrews
Deputy Medical Education Manager
Tel: 020 8296 4008
paul.andrews4@nhs.net

 

Faculty development FAQs

What courses do I need to complete to become accredited as a named educational or clinical supervisor?

To become accredited as a named educational or clinical supervisor, doctors need to be trained in all seven of the domains of the Academy of Medical Educator's Framework for the Professional Development of the Postgraduate Medical Supervisor. To achieve this, doctors need to have completed the following courses:

  • Educational/clinical supervision

  • Trainees in difficulty

  • Workplace-based assessments/ePortfolio

  • Equality and diversity (needs to be refreshed every three years).

Do the courses which I have taken in the past count towards becoming a named educational or clinical supervisor?

You need to meet the requirements of all seven of the domains of the professional development framework.

If you feel that the courses you have previously completed contribute towards this, then you need to set out the evidence in your professional development portfolio.

Do I need to re-take the courses every three years?

Once undertaken, it is not necessary to repeat the training. However, educational supervisors are expected to demonstrate ongoing commitment to their development as a medical educator through participation in a three-yearly cycle of review. It is therefore advisable to refresh the training every three years.

The only exception is equality and diversity which needs a mandatory refresh every three years.

Why are the supervisor courses on my WIRED record showing as red?

Your courses will show as red if you have never taken the courses or if you have not provided evidence that you have completed the courses.

I have recently completed the supervisor courses online so why are the courses on my WIRED record still showing as red?

The courses will be red as the online course facility does not directly feed into the WIRED system. To remedy this you must send copies of your online certificates to Paul Andrews in the Postgraduate Medical Centre so that the information can be loaded onto the WIRED system.

Are these supervisor courses mandatory?

The courses are mandatory for all consultants that have educational and clincal supervisor duties. The courses are non-mandatory for consultants that do not have educational or clinical supervisor responsibilities.

How do I fill out my professional development portfolio?

Guidance on completing your professional development portfolio (opens in a new window) can be found on the London Deanery website.

Once you have completed your portfolio you will need to send it to Paul Andrews in the Postgraduate Medical Centre (St Helier).

The directors of medical education, will then consider whether or not you meet the requirements to be accredited as an educational or clinical supervisor.

Why is it important that I fill out my professional development portfolio?

It is important that you complete a professional development portfolio as we need to ensure that all our educational and clinical supervisors are appropriately trained to carry out these responsibilities and are being educationally appraised.

How do I pay for external training courses?

Funding for external courses comes from your service area budget and needs to be approved by your service manager. To do this you will need to complete an application for study leave form, which is available from your service manager.

You will also need to get approval from the Director of Medical Education.

What elearning courses are available?

The London Deanery faculty development website provides a programme of e learning modules. Infomation on these modules can be found on their website (opens in a new window).

I have completed some courses at the London Deanery. How can I map the courses to the domains in the professional development framework?

The London Deanery has developed a list of professional development framework domains covered by London Deanery faculty development courses and e-learning modules. The list can be found on their website (opens in a new window).

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