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Scottish Prospective Educational Supervisor Course (SPESC)


What is SPESC and who is it for? 

SPESC is the only route by which Scottish GPs can make a move into training within their practice.  The Faculty Development Alliance (FDA) have developed this course specifically for GP Educational Supervisors.


Course content and structure

SPESC runs over approximately 6 months.  It consists of two residential units of 2 days each, plus individual work and e-learning to be undertaken by participants before, during and after each unit.

SPESC demands a significant time commitment on the part of participants.  Successful applicants will not only have strong time management and planning skills but also be highly motivated to manage their own learning.

Further information about the course content and structure can be found below:



In order to be accepted onto SPESC, applicants must first meet all of the following eligibility criteria: -

  1. MRCGP qualification or equivalent postgraduate GP qualification (e.g. Membership of Irish College of GPs)  
  2. Minimum two years post CCT at date of SPESC application 
  3. Working in the practice in which they plan to be an ES for at least one year 
  4. Holding a substantive post within the practice, but not necessarily as a partner
  5. Working a minimum of four GP sessions per week
  6. Commitment to become an Educational Supervisor and use the skills acquired
  7. Must be working without GMC warnings or undertakings - application may be made once these are lifted subject to approval by the Assistant Director.
  8. Support from their practice colleagues to becoming an Educational Supervisor
  9. Have attended an FDA Trainer Workshop
  10. Have completed a satisfactory Consultation Peer Review
  11. Have been approved and recommended for funding by their regional office and local TPD


Application process

SPESC normally runs 2 cohorts annually.  Once you have met the eligibility criteria above, you should send your completed funding application form to your Regional Office. Your funding will then be confirmed and you can then book onto the next available cohort through the FDA Portal.



There are 3 payments that SPESC participants have to make.  Other funding is met at regional level.

£250 course fee

£175 consultation peer review fee - please note peer review needs to be submitted at the latest 4 weeks before Deadline for Booking.

£50 eSEA (enhanced significant event analysis) submission fee


Further Information

Further information about SPESC may be obtained from your local Training Programme Director


Links to useful information


Orientation Information

ES Training Practice Approval

Scottish GP Educational Supervisor accreditation application

Scottish GP Training Practice accreditation application

Equality & Diversity - Doctors.net

Equality & Diversity - ACAS


Course dates


Cohort 2019-1


 Unit 1:   7-8th March 2019,  Murrayshall, Perth



Unit 2:   6-7th June 2019  Murrayshall, Perth



Deadline for Booking:      

7th February 2019 - Course now full, waiting list only

Peer review submission deadline 4 weeks prior - please submit no later than 7th January 2019



 Cohort 2019-2

 Unit 1: 5-6th September 2019, Stirling Court Hotel Unit 2: 28-29th November 2019, Stirling Court Hotel

Deadline for Booking: 

5th August 2019

Peer review submission deadline 6 weeks prior - please submit no later than 21st June 2019