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Trainer Information

What is the Scottish Trainer Framework?

The Scottish Trainer Framework (STF) was developed by NHS Education for Scotland (NES) in partnership with the five Scottish Medical Schools and the territorial Health Boards via the Directors of Medical Education (DME) group. The Framework is built around a number of competency statements mapped to various clinical and educational roles, which aim to help teachers and trainers to plan their personal and professional development as educators, whatever their role or career stage. It also provides specific guidance for trainers requiring formal GMC recognition in Scotland. Arrangements for approval of GP trainers are already well established and these will not change. Academic staff and GP tutors who have been told by their medical school that their role requires recognition should consult the trainer recognition section.

Who is the STF for?

The criteria for recognition apply to all current and prospective 'named trainers' working in Scotland, but the STF can also be used as a developmental guide for those with less formal roles in teaching including, for example, trainee doctors and nursing or allied health professionals involved in medical teaching and training.

If you are an academic or secondary care practitioner looking for information about trainer recognition and approval in Scotland, you may wish to link straight to our trainer recognition pages. The recognition arrangements also apply to GPs supervising secondary care trainees on placement if they are not already approved GP trainers. GPs seeking information about approval should consult the section for GP trainers.

 GP trainers are covered by separate, formal requirements for approval, however GPs acting as clinical or educational supervisors for secondary care trainees will be required to meet the requirements for recognition if they are not already approved GP trainers.

You may find our definitions of the named roles and the information pages for named trainers helpful.

While the primary purpose of the STF is to support individual teachers and trainers, it may also be of interest to anyone involved in:

  • developing local trainer development programmes
  • selecting trainers
  • trainer appraisal – as a guide to the appraisal discussion
  • recognising trainers
  • trainers' job planning

How does the STF support GMC requirements?

Each section of the STF is structured around the seven areas for development identified by the GMC in order to enable both existing and aspirant named trainers to easily map their development to the requirements.

The seven areas are:

  1. Ensuring safe and effective patient care
  2. Establishing and maintaining an environment for learning
  3. Teaching and facilitating learning
  4. Enhancing learning though assessment
  5. Supporting and monitoring educational progress
  6. Guiding personal and professional development
  7. Continuing professional development as an educator



Recognised Trainers

This section of the website is aimed at trainers who require to be recognised for the role they perform.

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Development by clinical role

This section of the Framework explores competences and skills required by teachers and trainers at different stages of their clinical car...

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By Educational role

Information by educational role.

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By GMC framework area

Information by framework area.

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Contact Us

Contact the Scottish Trainer Framework.

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