Becoming a GP trainer is a challenging and rewarding career move. The process of preparing the practice to train often acts as a stimulus for development. Registrars usually bring a great deal of enthusiasm to a practice and often act as a catalyst for the trainers own Professional Development. Go to the GMC website for information on being a trainer or clinical supervisor.
Approval/Re-approval for GP Trainers
GPs wishing to develop their educational career as a GP trainer must first complete the Deanery New Trainers Course (or equivalant). Please see below for more information.
New applicants and experienced trainers seeking approval and re-approval respectively must:
- Fufil the relevant criteria outlined in http://www.gmc-uk.org/education/postgraduate/standards_and_requirements.asp on which the GP trainer application form is based
- Subsequently apply to become a GP trainer through completing the GP Trainer Application Form and sending it to the relevant VTS admin. Information about the general trainer approval process please click here
- For a process flow chart click here and for further information about the visit.
- Host a practice visit
- From the beginning of September 2012 GP Trainers in the Peninsula Deanery area undergoing re-approval visits can expect to receive an approved training period of up to 4 years duration and NEW trainers undergoing their initial approval visit can be approved for up to 2 years duration.
- The Postgraduate Certificate in Clinical Education from Peninsula College of Medicine and Dentistry. (PgCert)
- The South West Peninsula Deanery course for new trainers.
The Head of School will also consider applications from GPs who have completed courses elsewhere and GPs who have satisfied the approval criteria for training in other Deaneries. Please contact
if this applies to you.
The Certificate programme is the entry level for the University of Plymouth MSc programme and those doctors who are considering a career in academic General Practice or who wish to teach learners other than GP registrars should consider this option.
The Deanery course for new trainers is an introduction to training and takes a pragmatic approach to preparing to train. This does not prevent a GP subsequently studying for the PgCert.
If you are unsure which course is most suitable for you it is advisable to seek the advice of one of the Associate Deans for your area.
PgCert from Peninsula College of Medicine and Dentistry
|Entry requirement:||First Degree and two years postgraduate experience|
|Assessment:||Written assignments, Teaching observation in real time and on video|
|Cost:||Course fees are the responsibility of the participant|
If you have any queries regarding this course, please speak to a member of the Admissions team, we do not have any additional information at the Deanery:
Phone: +44 (0) 1752 437333 or
Deanery Course for New Trainers
|Entry requirement:||MRCGP or equivalent|
|Course outline:||This is a two sets of two day course usually held in Spring and spread over three months|
|Assessment:||Attending the course and completed all necessary work and 'homework'|
|Cost:||Course fees are met by the Deanery. Backfill, locum fees and accommodation costs are the responsibility of the participant.|
If you have any queries or are interested in attending the Deanery New Trainer Course please contact: