GP New Trainers' Courses

Please note that this course is only open to GPs practising in the East Midlands region.

A recent student had this to say:

"I would highly recommend the GP  Trainers' Course.

"This involves getting a qualification in PGCert Clinical Education under Nottingham Trent University (NTU) and sponsorship from HEEM.

"The course organisers and tutors where brilliant. They were knowledgeable, enthusiastic and most of all supportive at all stages of the course.

"Academic writing is hard work but it is definitely worth it and I found several aspects relevant.  Within 7 months and despite challenges including that of the Covid pandemic, our practice became a training practice with an assigned  GP Trainee. This is a great achievement.

"Will encourage any GP interested in medical education to sign up for the next course. 


In order to become a GP Trainer (Educational Supervisor of GP Specialty Trainees) the following are required:


  1. An initial discussion with Bevis Heap (
  2. Evidence of commitment to become a GP Trainer and consequently provide a placement for a GP Specialty Trainee. That evidence should include:
    1. A description of the CPD activities that you have or plan to undertake to become a trainer
    2. Evidence of contact with and support from you local GP Training Programme Director
    3. Evidence of attendance or plan to attend you local trainers group meetings
    4. An indication that you hold MRCGP or FRCGP removed from requirements in 2021
    5. Evidence that you have a minimum CCT experience (at the time of completing the course) of:
      1. Two years in a non training practice or one years in a training practice 
      2. and have been in your current practice for six months
    6. Evidence of full support of key personnel in your practice
  3. Attendance at all 6 days of the New Trainers Course/Postgraduate Certificate in Clinical Education (PGCCE) (at masters level).  If you already have a PGCME, PGCCE or equivalent then you must attend the course but will not need to do the assignments and will not be enrolled as a student at  Nottingham Trent University but you need to attend all of both Modules.  Satisfactory completion of the PGCCE
  4. Undertake a personal and practice self assessment against the approval criteria.
  5. Have an informal visit with a local GP Training Programme Director to assess your and the practice's readiness for a formal visit
  6. Have a formal visit in order to be approved

The Postgraduate Certificate in Clinical Education

As part of our philosophy we believe that all new educators or trainers should receive academic recognition of the work required to achieve this status. The Nottingham Trent University Postgraduate Certificate in Clinical Education represents an opportunity for the LETB to recognise the professional development of their educators..

Upon satisfactory completion of the six taught days of the Postgraduate Certificate you will become eligible to proceed on to a Trainer approval visit and become an ES, provisional for a year or until you have been confirmed as passing the Module Two Assignments, and also to move on to further study at Masters Level if you so desire.

Details about the course itself:




 Cohort A Sept and Jan 

Sept 13-15 2021 inc and Jan10-12 2022 inc   Full and deadline now passed 

Cohort B Jan and April

19-21 Jan and 6-8 April 2022 Closed to new applications

Cohort C  March and June 22

28-30th March 2022 and 4-6th July 2022.

Open to applications until end Feb 22.


If you wish to undertake the course and certificate the total cost is approximately £1500, of which over 60% is subsidised by the LETB. Therefore, you only need to contribute £500 (including VAT) towards this cost. 


Whether you are applying for the course and the Certificate, or just the Course because you already have a Certificate that it has been agreed would count,  please see the attached student registration forms (Part A & B) for the above course that you will need to complete. 

For those who do not need the Certificate we will not send details to NTU and you will not be enrolled as a student.

Please complete both forms, Part A and Part B.

Email Part A to Katie Hickin -

Email Part B to NTU (If you are doing the certificate)-

(By 6th August for Cohort A, 11th December for Cohort B).  Late applications cannot be accepted as we have to carry out some Clincal Governance checks and give Nottingham Trent University time to enter you on their system before the course begins.

The forms are in a fillable PDF format so please can you complete both forms, sign and save to your desk top, then email them as attachments back to the emails above.

The other form stays with HEE.


Complete sections 1-6 ensuring we have the correct date of birth and contact details for you.  The other sections are important but the University are unable to create your student record if sections 1 & 2 are incomplete for any reason.

Section 7 of the form – Please complete the dropdown section relating to the residential category – you only need to complete this part of section 7 as you don’t require a visa and therefore the University does not require your passport number.  We definitely don’t need a copy of your passport.

Please complete Section 9 by reading the declaration at the bottom and filling in your signature.

Complete the data sharing section of the form by completing your student name, sponsor name, HEE East Midlands contact details are those for Katie Hickin 

If there are any queries please don’t hesitate to get in touch.



Sample Timetable

Sample Certificate in Clinical Education Timetables


Module 1 Day 1

09:00 – 09:30

Coffee and Registration

(Students who already have a PG Cert do not need to attend this session)


09:30 – 10:30

Welcome and Introduction to the PG Cert Medical Education Programme

(Students who already have a PG Cert do not need to attend this session)


10:30 – 11:00

Presentation: Writing at Masters Level

(Students who already have a PG Cert do not need to attend this session)





Presentation: Introduction to NOW

(Students who already have a PG Cert do not need to attend this session)


Parallel Sessions:


(PG Cert students only)


Presentation: Making the Most of the NTU Library

Welcome – Non-PG Cert Attendees



13:45 – 14:10

Presentation: Educational Theory 1


Small Groups:  – Introductions and basics


15:15 – 15:30


15:30- 16:30


Small Groups:  – Giving and receiving feedback (including debriefing)










Module 1 Day 2

08:30 – 09:00


09:00 – 09:15

Presentation: Reflections on Day 1

09:15 – 09:30

Presentation: Educational Theory 2


09:30 – 10:30

Small Groups: introduction to e-portfolio from an Educator perspective

10:30 – 10:45


10:45 – 11:00

Presentation: Assessment, formative and summative

11:00 – 12:00

Small Groups: – Practise COT


12:00 – 12:15

Presentation: The Learning Environment


12:15 – 13:00



Welcome from the Primary Care Dean

13:15 – 14:45

Small Groups: what does a good learning environment look like? Introduction to training criteria

14:45 – 15:00


15:00 – 16:00

Small Groups: practise CBD; looking at other assessment tools



Plenary and Close





Module 1 Day 3

08:30 – 09:00


09:00 – 09:15

Presentation: Reflections on Day 2

09:15 – 09:30

Presentation: Management of Teaching

09:30 – 10:30

Small Groups:  Teaching in practice.  One to one, small groups, larger groups

10:30 – 10:45


10:45 – 11:00

Presentation: Introduction to Educational Issues

11:00 – 11:15

Presentation: How to Stretch More Able Trainees

11:15 – 12:30

Small Groups: – working with diverse learners

12:30 – 13:15


13:15 – 13:30

Presentation:  Video in consultations


Small Groups: - Using video in teaching

14:45 – 15:00


15:00 – 15:30

mop up session, practice/discuss those issues which need more development within your group

15:30 – 16:00

Plenary –to include briefing for NOW task and Student Presentations in Module 2







Module 2 Day 1

09:00 – 09:15

Introduction – Looking Back and Moving On

09:15 – 9:45

Assignments for Module 2

9:45 – 10:30

Reforming and Reflecting

10:30 – 10:45


10:45 – 11:00

Presentation: Putting Teaching and Learning Theory into Practice



11:00 – 12:30

Small Groups:  applying theory, how well does it fit with real life?

12:30 – 13:15

LUNCH – Breakout Area

13:15 – 13:30



Presentation:  Educational Planning


Small Groups:  Role play for educational planning




15:00 – 16:00

Small Groups: Assessment ToolsCBD on homework, mini-CEX/COT on video (also discuss other assessments e.g. MSF, PSQ)




Plenary and CLOSE




Module 2 Day 2


09:00 – 09:05



09:05 – 09:20

Presentation: Teaching Consultation Skills Using Models (to include SPIKE/COT/CSA)


09:20 – 09:45

Presentation: The Role of the Programme Manager



Practical Session on:

  • Teaching Consultation Skills

Use of own video, role play, simulation (Use Neighbour and Pendleton)



Presentation: Assessment, WPBA





11:20 – 11:35

Update from Primary Care Dean


11:35 – 11:50

Presentation:  Teaching for specific situations eg Telephone triage, OOH, learning difficulties, children, translation, multiple people


11:50 – 12:45

Small Groups:

Discuss specific situations and do a practise Audio COT



12:45 – 13:45



13:45 – 14:00

Presentation: ARCP


14:00 – 15:30

Student Presentations 1 (assessed)

10 minutes presentations on a subject of the student’s choice


15:30- 15:45



16:00 – 16:30

Presentation: How to Recognise Strugglers





Module 2 Day 3

09:00 – 09:05


09:20 – 10:50

Student Presentations 2 (assessed)

10 minutes presentations on a subject of the student’s choice



11:05 -11:20

Presentation: The Applied Knowledge Test (AKT) and the

Clinical Skills Assessment (CSA)


Small Groups:

Reflective logs, PDPs, planning for AKT/CSA/ lifelong learning

10:50 – 11:05

Presentation: QIP/project/audit

12:00 -12:15

Presentation: Professional Support Unit (PSU)


12:15 – 13:00

Q&A Session with a recently approved trainer

13:00 – 13:45


13:45 – 14:45

Small Groups:,  QIP etc plus Mop Up



15:00 – 16:00


  • Next steps
  • Feedback and Q & A
  • Discussion re: assignments



Course Assignments

These assignments are designed to show the links between theory and practice and are based in skills and information you will find useful when completing the Application Form to be a GP Trainer and Training Practice.

Module 1

a 3000 word essay on your PDP

Deadline 5-6 weeks after Module 1

An on-line Workbook on the Learning Environment

Deadline approx. 12 weeks after Module 1

A 10 minute small group presentation on a topic of your choice

To be done within Module 2

Module 2

A 3000 word essay on a Lesson Plan for a small group session

Deadline 5-6 weeks after Module 2

An on-line Workbook on Feedback

Deadline approx. 12 weeks after Module 2