To support trainers in collecting appropriate evidence, the GMC have adopted the Academy of Medical Educators’ Framework for Supervisors which details seven competency areas:
Named Clinical Supervisors will be expected to provide evidence in areas 1-4 and 7. All other named trainers will be expected to provide evidence across all seven areas.
For guidance, the EOs have defined a set of minimum standards for both initial and ongoing recognition. These minimum standards aim to ensure that all trainers have the appropriate knowledge and skills for their educational role
For initial recognition, you will need to collect evidence that shows you have the appropriate knowledge, skills and understanding to perform a teaching or training role.
There are three routes to initial recognition:
Your supporting information might include certificates of attendance at training but could also include reflections or a wide range of other elements. You will need to provide documentation mapped to all relevant framework areas to satisfy the EO that you are ready for initial recognition but as this is a baseline measure it does not need to be from the current appraisal cycle.
To maintain your ‘recognised trainer’ status you will need to evidence your ongoing professional development as a trainer. You do not have to provide supporting information in all Framework areas every year but you will be expected to cover all relevant areas within your five-year recognition cycle, or your revalidation cycle - whichever comes first.
At your appraisal meeting, you and your appraiser will be able to see which of the self-declaration statements you have completed, along with the supporting information you have provided. For re-recognition, which will tie in with your revalidation, this should cover all relevant framework competency areas. Provided there are no gaps in these areas, the trainer recognition element of your appraisal discussion should focus on the quality of your supporting information.
Ideally, your supporting documentation will include information about:
Your appraiser should help you reflect on whether the supporting information you have selected adequately demonstrates your ability to perform the role(s) you wish to be recognised for and identify any gaps. You will self-determine your readiness for re-recognition as a component aspect of your appraisal discussion, and your self-declaration will be sent to the relevant EO(s) who will make the final decision about whether you can be re-recognised as a 'named trainer' or not.
The discussion between you and your appraiser will remain confidential and will not be shared with the EO in any form. Your supporting documents will not routinely be made available to EOs but they may contact you to request them as part of their decision making and/or quality management processes.