GMC Accreditation

Meeting the General Medical Council’s (GMC) Implementation Plan

GMC Definitions

  • A named educational supervisor is a trainer who is selected and appropriately trained to be responsible for the overall supervision and management of a trainee’s trajectory of learning and educational progress during a placement or series of placements. Every trainee must have a named educational supervisor. The educational supervisor helps the trainee to plan their training and achieve agreed learning outcomes. He or she is responsible for the educational agreement and for bringing together all relevant evidence to form a summative judgement at the end of the placement or series of placements.

  • A named clinical supervisor is a trainer who is responsible for overseeing a specified trainee’s clinical work throughout a placement in a clinical or medical environment and is appropriately trained to do so. He or she will provide constructive feedback during that placement. He or she will lead on providing a review of the trainee’s clinical or medical practice throughout the placement that will contribute to the educational supervisor’s report on whether the trainee should progress to the next stage of their training.

Accreditation Review Date

All postgraduate doctors in training should have a named and accredited educational and clinical supervisor. The Trust/LEP should ensure that all trainees employed by the organisation have these named roles in place.

The GMC require that we have an accreditation review date for all accredited supervisors. The date for review was to be no later than the 31st July 2021
Please see the update below from the GMC as regards recognition and approval of trainers.

Doctors who are recognised trainers who are due to have their recognition expire before 31 July 2021 will have their recognition extended by 12 months.

The GMC are doing this to give us as postgraduate education organisers and recognised trainers more time to update and maintain our list of approved and recognised trainers.

This includes doctors who have been recognised as a:

  • named postgraduate clinical supervisor
  • named postgraduate educational supervisor

We welcome this decision from the GMC and hope this will help the health service to prioritise clinical care for patients during these challenging times.
If a supervisor was due to have their supervisor accreditation expire on July 31st 2021, they will have an extension for 1 year to 31 July 2022 to enable them to have one more year to get educational CPD up to date.
So the deadline for re-accreditation will be July 31st 2022 for those who are due to expire July 2021 to update their educational CPD and complete 2.5 days CPD.

We have also taken the decision that the recognition extension should apply to all supervisors - ie 6 years rather than 5 years, as the last 18 months has been hard for anyone to achieve educational CPD.
So the new supervisor accreditation date is 31st July 2022, or 6 years from initial training.

Continuing Professional Development – Educational Supervisors

  • Training should be focused on skills development and education

  • Although we provide a suite of CPD training courses, there is the option of Educational Supervisors doing other courses (provided internally and externally) counting towards CPD if they met the criteria above

  • The requirement to maintain accreditation for an Educational Supervisor is 1 day of CPD every 2 years (or half a day each year) within a 5-year period. If the required CPD is not undertaken the supervisor would be advised of this and requested to undertake the training in order to maintain their accreditation status

  • The educational role should be assessed as part of the individual’s annual appraisal process. CPD requirements and ongoing accreditation should be discussed in this meeting. 

Continuing Professional Development – Clinical Supervisors

  • The requirement to maintain accreditation for a named clinical supervisor is half a day CPD every 2 years within a 5-year period. If the required CPD is not undertaken the supervisor will be advised of this and requested to undertake the training in order to maintain their accreditation status.

Equality and Diversity

  • All supervisors must renew their equality and diversity training each 3 years