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Medical Trainees and Trainers – Resources For You

Created specifically for the needs of Scotland’s Medical trainees and trainers, are the following website resources. 


Scottish Medical Training

This site is the principal resource to learn more about how to apply for Foundation, Core and Specialty Medical Training in Scotland. Here you’ll find regularly updated information about application windows (how and when to apply), a directory of 50+ GMC-approved medical specialty programmes and first-hand accounts about training from trainees and trainers. There are also useful insights on career direction and what it’s like training and working in Scotland.

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SOAR (Scottish Online Appraisal Resource)

Designed for doctors (in both Primary and Secondary Care) working and training in Scotland, for their Appraisal and Revalidation needs.  SOAR is used by Appraisers and Appraisees to aid the appraisal process, and for Trainees to complete their self-declarations. Here you’ll also find a SOAR user guide, handy FAQ’s and examples of Quality Improvement Activities

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The Knowledge Network

NHS Education for Scotland provides access to thousands of full text articles and ebooks, several research databases and a range of evidence summaries and other services via The Knowledge Network family of websites to ensure equity of access to research and evidence for all staff in health and social care. The point of care evidence summaries and best practice eg DynamedPlus and BMJ Best Practice are of particular interest to trainees and generalists.

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The SHARE website showcases ideas and examples of best practice in the delivery of medical education and training. Designed for trainees and trainers, this site allows you to keep appraised of what’s working for your professional peers and submit your own best practice case study.

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Clinical Skills (Managed Educational Network)

This site provides information about the Clinical Skills network, which plays a key role in implementing the Clinical Skills Strategy for Scotland. Here you’ll learn about the network’s role and aim, its three regions across Scotland and their Regional Champions. You’ll also discover more about the network’s Mobile Skills Unit, its R&D Awards and many events plus access links to further educational resources.

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The Scotland Deanery Website

The Scotland Deanery, along with our Local Education Providers, is responsible for managing Medical Training and Training Programmes across the four Scottish regions. Here you’ll also find details of the Deanery’s Quality Management activities, its key staff and locations plus information on Professional Development for doctors.

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