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Mandatory training

In Scotland, we are attempting to move away from a compliance scheme and towards one based on professional development suited to individual needs, and have therefore avoided specifying compulsory training wherever possible. However, there are two mandatory training elements required by the GMC to meet their standards for trainers. These are:

  • Equality & Diversity (E&D) training;
  • An induction module or modules for your role(s) which might include:
    • FDA Introductory workshop for clinical or educational supervisors
    • Medical School induction
    • Other equivalent (e.g. provided by Royal College) agreed with your EO

Trainers will not be required to repeat induction training unless there are significant changes to the role, but they will need to keep their E&D training up to date in line with their employer's guidance.

Undergraduate named trainers are often performing complex roles and medical schools may have additional mandatory requirements, for example, training for OSCE examiners or student support tutors.

Although there are only two mandatory training requirements, all trainers will be expected to produce evidence of ongoing professional development in the relevant Framework areas specified by the GMC for their trainer role. Evidence may include certificates of attendance at training but could also include evidence of their teaching competency, for example, teaching timetables, course evaluations, student, trainee and patient feedback or 360° feedback of the trainer in their educational role.  Good practice would suggest that this type of evidence is also backed up by reflection on how they demonstrate the trainer’s competence.


This page was last updated on: 15.06.2018 at 10.54