Specialty trainers

Educational Supervisors and Associate Educational Supervisors, known collectively as specialty trainers, play important roles in the educational development of pharmaceutical medicine trainees; assessing their competencies and supporting them to complete the PMST programme.

How to become an Educational Supervisor

It is a regulatory requirement that before a pharmaceutical physician can become an Educational Supervisor they must be recognised for the role by the Pharmaceutical Medicine Deanery. A potential Educational Supervisor must satisfy the eligibility criteria below and confirm that they can commit to performing the role.

How to become an Associate Educational Supervisor

The Associate Educational Supervisor performs the same role and has the same responsibilities as an Educational Supervisor, and can act as a signatory on PMST documents and attend Annual Review of Competence Progression (ARCP) meetings with his or her pharmaceutical medicine trainees. However, the Associate Educational Supervisor must have a nominated Educational Supervisor to counter-sign completed module items and to the Pharmaceutical Medicine Supervisor’s Report on the trainee e-portfolio.

A potential Associate Educational Supervisor must satisfy the eligibility criteria below and confirm that they can commit to performing the role.

Introductory Workshop

The ‘Introductory Workshop for Educational Supervisors and Associate Educational Supervisors’ is a full day training session. There is a registration fee of £95 per person to attend. Individuals who have applied to become a specialty trainer in pharmaceutical must attend the workshop before they can be approved by the GMC or the Deanery.

Terms and conditions: A workshop attendee will receive a full refund of the paid registration fee if s/he cancels their attendance on the workshop two weeks before the workshop. Refunds will be made less a £50 cancellation fee if the attendee notifies FPM one week before the workshop. FPM reserves the right to change the venue if circumstances arise that require such changes. In the event of cancellation by FPM, a full refund of the registration fee only will be given. FPM recommend that attendees take out insurance to cover any travel and accommodation expenses. Attendees’ personal details will be used for the purposes of event administration only. Please note FPM’s data protection policy.

DateTimeVenue
25 February 2021 To be confirmed Zoom
29 April 2021 To be confirmed Zoom
24 June 2021 To be confirmed Zoom
21 October 2021 To be confirmed Zoom

Policies

The following policies only apply to pharmaceutical physicians who have been approved by the GMC as Educational Supervisors and to individuals, who are not normally medical practitioners, who have been approved by the Pharmaceutical Medicine Deanery as Associate Educational Supervisors for the Pharmaceutical Medicine Specialty Training programme.

All prospective Educational Supervisors and Associate Educational Supervisors must complete:

1) either the online Educational Supervisor application form or the Associate Educational Supervisor application form, and

2) attend the ‘Introductory Workshop for Educational Supervisors and Associate Educational Supervisors’.

Annual specialty trainer self-declaration

The following requirements only apply to individuals who are not medically qualified and to pharmaceutical physicians who have been approved as specialty trainers for the PMST programme.

The Deanery is responsible for:

– training and approving individuals as Associate Educational Supervisors[1]

– training and recognising individuals as Educational Supervisors[2]

– requesting the GMC approve recognised Educational Supervisors, and

– renewing the approvals of Associate Educational Supervisors.

Deanery-approved Associate Educational Supervisors and GMC-approved Educational Supervisors in pharmaceutical medicine must: 1) keep up to date in their roles as specialty trainers and 2) show that they have met all the GMC’s seven domains for specialty trainers[3] at the end of their 4-year cycle. On satisfactory completion of their 4-year cycle, the specialty trainer will have their status as an approved Associate Educational Supervisors or Educational Supervisors renewed.

[1] An Associate Educational Supervisor is usually an individual who is not medically qualified. However, a pharmaceutical physician can become an Associate Educational Supervisors if they are GMC-registered without a licence to practise.

[2] An Educational Supervisor must be GMC-registered with a licence to practise.

[3] GMC recognition and approval of trainers.

Possible decisions of the Deanery
Decision Description
Defer decision The Associate Educational Supervisor or Educational Supervisor has submitted an incomplete set of four annual declarations; the Associate Educational Supervisor or Educational Supervisor still has one or more domains to meet - additional time required (up to 6 months initially with further extensions to be agreed between the DEG and the Associate Educational Supervisor or Educational Supervisor).
Request the GMC withdraw its Educational Supervisor approval The Educational Supervisor has not submitted an annual return for each year of their 4-year cycle; the Educational Supervisor has not met all seven of the GMC’s domains for specialty trainers by the end of their 4-year cycle; the ES indicated on their annual return that they want to relinquish their role.
Withdraw Associate Educational Supervisor approval The Associate Educational Supervisor has not submitted an annual return for each year of their 4-year cycle; the Associate Educational Supervisor has not met all seven of the GMC’s domains for specialty trainers by the end of their 4-year cycle; the Associate Educational Supervisor indicated on their annual return that they want to relinquish their role.