Following consultation, GMC Council has agreed a phased process for implementing new arrangements for recognising trainers. The GMC says that local systems will be in place by 31 July 2013 and all trainers in four specific roles will be fully recognised by 31 July 2016.
The Academy strongly supports the recommendations of the GMC’s consultation on recognition and approval of trainers. Trainers, particularly in secondary care, are well overdue recognition, support and time for their vital work in educating UK trainee doctors. The Academy has long considered that trainers should be entitled to SPA time and strongly supports the minimum educational tariff guidance of 0.25 PA per week per trainee for named educational supervisors as part of supporting programmed activity. We would hope that LEPs provide all trainers with the time and other resources needed to carry out their responsibilities but there will be an on-going need to review and support performance through appraisal and opportunities for personal development.
Educational and Clinical supervisors are named at foundation level and we are pleased to see that this is now also to be the case in higher level training. We also welcome this introduction at undergraduate level.
The full implementation plans and consultation finding can be read on the GMC website.