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General Practice Trainers Entry Course (GP TEC)


Scottish GP Trainer Entry Course (GPTEC) 

The GP Trainers Entry Course (GP TEC) has been specifically developed for those Scottish GPs wishing to become GP Educational Supervisors. This course is a mandatory requirement for those wishing to achieve Approved GP Trainer status.

Each course takes place over a period of 5 weeks and delegates are required to sign-up to and complete all components of their chosen course. It involves 3 small group sessions, the first two taking place online via Adobe Connect and the third being face-to-face. As well as these sessions, delegates will be expected to complete online modules prior to  session 1 and session 2.

Courses will be available throughout the year with the face-to-face session for each cohort rotating between different locations to allow more flexibility and access.

Target audience & eligibility

We are keen to encourage any GP who has an interest in education to consider becoming an Educational Supervisor. There are however eligibility criteria which must be met i.e. you must:

  1. Have a MRCGP qualification or equivalent postgraduate GP qualification.
  2. Have been working a minimum two years post CCT.
  3. Work a minimum of four GP sessions per week
  4. Have support from their practice colleagues to becoming an Educational Supervisor
  5. Have completed the initial TDC Trainer Workshop within 5 years prior to booking
  6. Hold a certificate confirming up to date equality and Diversity training
  7. Commit to become an Educational Supervisor and use the skills acquired
  8. Meet with their TPD for approval

Course aim  

To help General Practitioners to develop the skills required to become GP Educational Supervisors

Learning Objectives

 On completion of the course the participant will have:

  • An understanding of the structure of GP training in Scotland
  • Awareness of what is required to establish a good learning environment in primary care
  • An understanding of their role as an Educational Supervisor
  • Knowledge of how to provide trainee centred educational supervision
  • Practical knowledge of Workplace Based Assessments
  • An understanding of differential attainment and what needs to be in place to allow equity of training
  • Skills to provide effective feedback to a GP Trainee


There is a charge of £350 for the GPTEC course.  Payment must be made upon booking by credit or debit card only.

Cancellations and refunds: Please note that full automated refunds can be generated by TURAS Learn for cancellations up to 4 weeks prior to the course.  Within 4 weeks of the course dates, refunds may be given in exceptional circumstances only.  NES reserves the right to remove anyone from a course, without the offer of a refund, if they are unable to fully participate or if deadlines for completion of modules are not met.  To be eligible for a certificate, full attendance is required.  We request that delegates should not be on call or otherwise committed during the course.  Failure to fully participate on the course may result in you being removed from the course.

Course Dates

New dates coming soon for 2024. Please check this site for details. 

Register and book

It is important that you meet all eligibility criteria above before registering and booking with TURAS Learn onto a course.

When choosing to book on to your selected course, please be mindful of the time commitments required to complete pre-course work, online modules and attendance at the virtual sessions and workshop. 

For successful completion of this course, you must complete the course in its entirety and with the online components completed within the timeframe specified by the course organisers. Failure to complete any part of this course will lead to you being removed from the course.  No refunds will be given unless there are exceptional circumstances. 

Payment for the course must be made at the time of booking to confirm your place.  Please ensure your TURAS Learn account has been updated and includes your current email address and GMC number, along with any dietary or accessibility requirements.  

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Please note: If you require to cancel your place on a course, and it is more than 30 days from the date of the course, then a refund will be provided and you may book an alternative course.  We are unable to transfer bookings from one course to another.  

Technical Guidance

The online sessions of this course are run via Adobe Connect.  By booking onto this course, you are committing to download the Adobe Connect app (instructions will be given upon booking) and using Adobe Connect as instructed.  You will be expected to have your webcam visible during the online sessions.  It is the delegate's responsibility to ensure they can access the workshop appropriately and have sufficient connection speed to participate. All delegates require a laptop or desktop computer, with functioning webcam & microphone to participate in the course.  Please DO NOT use mobiles phones, iPads/tablets as this may significantly restrict your ability to fully participate. In doing so, you risk being removed from the workshop. NES reserves the right to remove anyone from a course if they are unable to fully participate. 

Delegates are required to take part in a short audio-visual test in advance of the workshop.  Test dates and times are indicated in the course listings.

Further information

Further information about becoming a GP trainer / GP TEC may be obtained from your local Training Programme Director or Assistant Director. Contacts can be found here https://www.scotlanddeanery.nhs.scot/trainee-information/gp-specialty-training/meet-our-teams/

Booking Enquiries

Please contact us at nes.tdc.admin@nes.scot.nhs.uk 

This page was last updated on: 19.07.2024 at 14.08