Becoming a GP supervisor and the PG Cert

GP educators are a crucial part of the General Practice workforce and support many groups of learners in their education and development. The following pages will give an overview of the Educator role, and details of how to apply for the educator pathway.


General practice clinical supervisors oversee the clinical activity of trainee doctors, ensuring that they only perform tasks they are competent to do.

The Clinical Supervisor needs to ensure patient and trainee safety. This requires the ability to recognise at what level the trainee doctor is performing and to arrange structured experiences which help further develop his or her skills.

The role of a GP Educational Supervisor/Trainer also incorporates this essential aspect of supervision, but trainers support GP trainees through the three years of the training envelope. They undertake formative reviews, plan educational programmes to meet educational needs and facilitate learning in a tutorial setting. GP trainers also undertake assessments that form an essential component of a doctors Certificate of Completion of Training (CCT).

There are a variety of ways GPs can be involved in education in primary care. They can host doctors working in the Foundation programme, as well as becoming a GP Trainer to host specialty trainees. To undertake either roles, the educator pathway must first be completed.

Any Doctor wishing to become a GP Trainer will need to undertake a Postgraduate Certificate in Strategic Leadership and Multi-professional Education in Healthcare (SLAMEH), which HEE KSS has developed in partnership with the University of Kent.

A brief outline of the GP Educator Pathway

The first step of the pathway is becoming a Foundation Year 2 Clinical Supervisor (FY2CS). Individuals can do this by undertaking a one-day teaching module. If the doctors employing practice is not a training practice, an assessment of the learning environment will need to take place. FY2CS’ host doctors in their second year of Foundation training (the first year after GMC registration) for a four-month period.

After accrediting as a Clinical Supervisor doctors can consider becoming a GP Trainer. Training for this role takes place on a six-day module. Prospective GP Trainers will have ideally had direct responsibility for a trainee and have experience of supervising a trainee in their practice. Trainers need to demonstrate competencies as an educator through the development of a portfolio.

The employing practice will also need to be accredited as a training practice by a Patch Associate GP Dean.


Ellie Pickthall, GP Educator Pathway Officer