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Introduction to 'Learning & Teaching' - Becoming a GP Trainer

Anyone wishing to become a GP Trainer must complete the 'Learning & Teaching - General Practice Northern Ireland' course

The course is designed to give an introduction to learning and teaching in General Practice.

The course has grown from a ‘Potential Trainers Course’ to the present format designed to give generic skills for all educators in General Practice and has attracted delegates with interests in both postgraduate and undergraduate medical education.

Learning & Teaching in General Practice 2024/25

Applications are now being accepted for the Learning & Teaching course.

The course will be held on the following dates:

  • Thursday 26 September 2024, 9.30am - 4.30pm at Dunsilly Hotel
  • Wednesday 16 October 2024, 9.30am - 4.30pm at Dunadry Hotel
  • Thursday 17 October 2024, 9.30am - 4.30pm at Dunadry Hotel
  • Wednesday 13 November 2024, 9.30am - 4.30pm at Dunadry Hotel
  • Thursday 14 November 2024, 9.30am - 4.30pm at Dunadry Hotel

Delegates must attend ALL dates of the course

Please see flyer for further information and link to the online application form

Learning & Teaching Flyer 2024/25

Closing Date for applications: Friday 23rd August 2024

Please contact if you have any queries.

Becoming a GP Trainer

After successful completion of the Learning and Teaching course, applications should be made for approval as a GP Trainer by the next August.  Please be advised that opportunities for GP Trainers may vary across the region depending on the need for new trainers in each locality.

Becoming a GP Trainer

Eligibility Criteria 

To be eligible you must;

  1. Have completed the Learning & Teaching Programme and passed the Portfolio assessment within a suitable timeframe. It is preferred that Trainer applications are made directly after completing Learning & Teaching as the approval process takes one year. In exceptional circumstances a Trainer may take up to 2 years, from the date beginning the L&T course to beginning supervision of a trainee.
  2. To do L&T – be on the Primary Medical Performer’s List in Northern Ireland for at least 1 year post certification.
  3. To become a trainer – be on the Primary Medical Performer’s List in Northern Ireland for at least 2 years post certification.
  4. Not have any current undertakings or conditions applied by the GMC or HSCB. More information available at;
  5. Be a partner or salaried doctor in a practice.
  6. Ensure any clinical sessions worked in General Practice must coincide with Trainees for supervision purposes.For a practice with only 1 trainer –
    • The trainer must do a minimum of 5 weekly sessions (one of which can be an administration session)
    • These sessions must be split over at least 3 days (of Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays)
    • Thursdays do not count as the trainee is usually at day release
    • When the trainer is not in the surgery then the trainee must know who is providing clinical supervision (a written timetable should be provided)
    • The clinical supervisor should have a permanent role with the practice (partner or salaried GP)For training practices with more than one trainer the trainers must work a minimum of 4 sessions and again a weekly timetable for supervision should be documented.
  7. Have adequate capacity within the practice for training.
  8. The premises must also be visited and approved for GP training. Please bear this in mind if the practice is planning a premises move. The standards for a GP Training practice are set out in the RCGP guidance document on Practice Training Standards – available on the NIMDTA website.

Frequently Asked Questions:

The Learning and Teaching course runs once a year, for 5 days, generally in September/October for Module 1 and February/March for Module 2.

In 2016/17 a pilot one year accelerated course will be run with training taking place in September, October and November.

You are required to attend all 5 days of the course. If you are unable to attend Day 1 of the Learning and Teaching course the Specialty Training Team will keep your name on the interested delegates list for the next available Learning and Teaching course.

Most delegates will attend both modules of the L&T course in 1 year but in exceptional circumstances delegates could complete the course over 2 years.

Please contact if you have any queries.

The course is non-refundable however if you have attended less than 50% of the course, you can request a refund of 50% of the course fee.

Alternatively, you can defer your place to the following year and complete the course in year 2.

No, the Learning and Teaching course is no longer equivalent to either of these modules.