Becoming a Training Practice FAQ
1. What is a training practice?
A training practice is one that provides training for GP speciality registrars (GPSTRs) and has one or more approved trainers. Only HEE approved training practices can train GPSTRs. Practices can also be approved for other types of training (medical students, GP retainers, returners and foundation doctors) but we would encourage all practices to be approved to the standards of a training practice in the West Midlands
2. How do I become a trainer?
Normally, you need to have been on the National Performers’ List for a minimum of three years, be permanently based at an HEE approved training site, work a minimum of 4 clinical sessions per week at that site (5 if a solo-trainer) and hold the MRCGP qualification. You will also need to successfully complete an HEE approved GP-trainer's course and be approved by the Area GP Education Committee before you can be accredited. We recommend that you speak to other nearby GP trainers, your locality Training Programme Directors and attend the local trainers’ workshop. They will explain what is involved. You should also make contact with your Area Associate Dean (AD). You will need his or her support to get on a West Midlands Training the Trainers course.
Once you have completed an HEE approved trainers’ course, you will need to show how you have begun to develop your skills and competencies as a GP educator through the development of a portfolio. You will meet with your area AD to discuss your achievements and to agree a personal development plan with respect to your role as a GP trainer. If all goes well, your AD will recommend initial approval as a trainer and your name will be submitted to the Area GP Education Committee for approval. Once approved, your local team of Training Programme Directors will arrange the placement of a GP-STR with you.
If your practice is not yet accredited as an approved training site, it will require the completion of an application form and a visit by a team led by your area AD to ensure that the facilities and learning environment provided by the practice meet the necessary standards.
To download an application form for a WM GP Trainers Course please go to our downloads page here.
3. What are the financial implications of training?
HEE GP-trainers’ courses in the West Midlands are usually provided free of charge by HEE itself and are run by local Associate Deans and Training Programme Directors 2 or 3 times a year. Practices with a trainee in-post receive a trainer’s grant, currently about £7600 per annum. Trainers are paid for some educational supervision duties and may be eligible for professional development payments.
4. Do I need any further qualifications?
We encourage you to consider studying for a PG Cert in Medical Education as part of your professional development as a GP educator but, at present, this is optional.
5. What is educational supervision?
The completion of the RCGP ePortfolio is central to the workplace based assessment of GP-STRs. The trainer to whom they will be attached in their final (ST3) year of their training usually becomes the educational supervisor from the start of their training. This involves remote monitoring of their ePortfolio and meeting every six months to carry out a formal review of the ePortfolio entries, make judgments about their progress towards the required competencies and complete an Educational Supervisor's Report (ESR).
6. What about continuing professional development?
Regular attendance at your local trainers’ workshop is helpful as you can share ideas and gain support from other new trainers and those with more experience. There are also regular trainers' study days organised by your local Associate Dean.
7. What if I need more information?
Please contact FacultySupportTeam@hee.nhs.uk