Training for Faculty

Faculty development is an important component of medical and dental education. Equipping trainers to deliver high quality training will enhance the training environment and help to ensure the safety of patients, students and trainees.

All Named Clinical and Educational Supervisors must be fully trained, and Recognised by NIMDTA.  NIMDTA is committed to improving the skills and knowledge of trainers in a variety of areas that have been set out by the Academy of Medical Educators (AoME).

NIMDTA has mapped these areas to several educational activities:

AoME Framework

NIMDTA requirements*

1. Ensuring safe and effective patient care through training
  • Supervisory skills
2. Establishing and maintaining an environment for learning
  • Teaching the Teacher
  • Equality, Diversity and opportunity
3. Teaching and facilitating learning
  • Teaching the Teacher
  • Specialty/Foundation School-specific training
  • Supervisory Skills
4. Enhancing learning through assessment
  • Teaching the Teacher
  • Specialty/Foundation School-specific training
  • Supervisory Skills
5. Supporting and monitoring educational progress
  • Teaching the Teacher
  • Specialty/Foundation School-specific training
  • Supervisory Skills
  • Supporting Trainees
6. Guiding personal and professional development
  • Supervisory Skills
  • Supporting Trainees
7. Continuing professional development as an educator
  • Specialty/Foundation School-specific training

* These may be specific NIMDTA courses or their approved equivalent.

Faculty Development Coourses Booklet



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All clinical and educational supervisors must provide evidence of having undertaken training in the following five areas:

1. Teaching the Teacher
This course is run by NIMDTA and local Trusts and is designed to provide an introduction and overview of teaching in the clinical setting. Areas covered include principles of adult learning, how to motivate learners, workplace based assessment, feedback and reflective practice.

Information on Teaching the Teacher can be accessed via  Intrepid Course Manager.

2. Trainee Support
This course (formerly known as Doctors in difficulty) provides an introduction to the recognition and support of trainees who may be in some form of difficulty. These topics are developed in scenario- based workshops that explore how trainers can identify sources of support and career guidance for their trainees.

Information on Supporting Trainees can be accessed via  Intrepid Course Manager.

3. Supervisory skills
This course is run by NIMDTA and gives an overview of the skills required of effective trainers and supervisors, building on the basics outlined in Teaching the Teacher.

Information on Supervisory Skills can be accessed via  Intrepid Course Manager.

4. Equality, diversity and opportunity training
This essential area is covered in a module provided by the London Deanery, found on their Faculty Development website.

In addition, when trainers are involved in recruitment processes they must supplement this with Recruitment and Selection training, provided by NIMDTA or Trusts.

Information on Recruitment and Selection training can be accessed via Intrepid Course Manager or through individual HSC Trusts.

5. Specialty-specific training
This includes areas of supervisory skills that are specifically relevant to the discipline that trainers work in, including Foundation training. These should include knowledge of effective induction; the relevant specialty curriculum and e-portfolio; specific workplace-based assessments and completion of the supervisor’s report that is used for ARCP and revalidation. NIMDTA expects that each Postgraduate School or training committee will ensure that Named Clinical and Educational Supervisors will have been trained in these specialty-specific areas.

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