General practice educator, assessor, coach or mentor
Medical education is great for GPs who want a flexible career. It helps to keep things interesting and maintains curiosity as well as a chance to apply your knowledge and use your skills, in a different way. All medical students, doctors and the wider multi professional team will have benefited from the input of GP supervisors and educators – are you ready to train, inspire and motivate others too?
Do I need extra qualifications?
Not necessarily but there are medical fellowships as well as diplomas and master’s degrees in medical education and related subjects. These can be done alongside or as part of your day job. There are specific training courses to help develop the skills required to teach, assess, coach and mentor.
Who do I contact?
Health Education England (HEE)
Local teams may be referred to as Postgraduate Medical and Dental Education (PGMDE) or Healthcare education Teams (HET). They provide information about what schemes are available in your area. Or get in touch with HEEs local office Training Hubs leads.
Email any general enquires to [email protected]
NHS England and NHS Improvement
Primary Care Networks (PCNs) work on quality improvement and pathway development. More information can be found on the NHS England and Improvement Primary Care Networks page.
NHS Leadership Academy
More information about the programmes at a glance can be found on the NHS Leadership Academy Programme page.
Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP)
Faculty contact details can be found on the RCGP Faculties page.
General Medical Council (GMC)
The GMC set the standards for providers of medical education and training. You can find guidance and curricula along with supporting materials on the GMC’s Education page. GMC have a register of approved and recognised trainers.
You’ll find a brief description of some GP educational roles in the drop-down sections below. They’re broadly split into 5 areas.
- Specialty trainees – Find out about local peer teaching and HEI linked opportunities
- Clinical Supervisor
- Educational Supervisor
- Training Programme Director (TPD)
- Senior Educational Leadership – Primary Care Dean, Head of GP School, Associate Dean (AD)