These are clinicians on the ground with an oversight of their training programmes and who also manage the rotations.
Training Programme Directors (TPD) and Foundation Programme Directors (FPD) are consultants or general Practitioners appointed to report directly to the Postgraduate Dean or appropriate Deanery representatives.
Each TPD/FPD actively participates in providing direct advice on specialty training programmes by representation on the NES Specialty Training or Foundation Programme Board.
TPD/FPDs are responsible for provide advice, support and management of the Specialty Training Programmes within their individual Deanery and across Scotland.
There is a Faculty Development Alliance (FDA) course for those intending to become or are existing TPDs. There are also courses for clinical and educational supervision as well as Doctors in Difficulty, which TPDs are encouraged to complete before taking the TPD course.