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How do I become a GP Educator?

Published on: Tuesday, 09/02/2021 @ 15:57 hrs

Being a GP Educator is an enormous privilege and challenge. It means accepting personal responsibility for the development of a doctor aspiring to be a good General Practitioner.

The BHR CEPN Training Hub is keen to encourage and support GPs to become supervisors and trainers and to join our supportive Primary Care Educator community.


If you are interested in becoming GP educator, there is now only one pathway, and it involves attending the GP Supervisor Course. The new GP Supervisor Course will be mandatory for all GPs who wish to become educational supervisors, or a placement named clinical supervisors in primary care. This includes those wanting to be the educational supervisor of GPs in specialty training (aka a GP trainer) or the named clinical supervisor for GP Specialty Trainees or trainees working in the Out of Hours and Urgent Care Centre settings.

To apply for approval and commence the course as a GP clinical supervisor you will need to have completed two years post-CCT; and to apply for approval and commence the course as a GP educational supervisor you will need to have completed three years post-CCT. Interested GPs are also required to be in a substantive GP post in London (salaried GP or partner working a minimum of 4 clinical sessions a week).

For further information, please see General Practice Educator in London. This provides information on General Practice training including: how to get on to a General Practice training programme, resources and guidance information for General Practice trainees already in training and the Educators that support them.

The documents GP Supervisor Course and GP Educator Pathway in London – HEE provides further details on the available courses and the approval process.

For answers to FAQs and further information contact HEE via the Online Support Portal.

To apply for a place on the course please email facultydevelopment.lase@hee.nhs.uk

Support within BHR

Once you have confirmation of acceptance on to the GP trainer course you are expected to the join your local trainer’s workshop and start attending by the time the course starts.  Educators’ workshops are convened by Dr Mina Goyal for Barking, Dagenham and Havering, and Dr Dania Shoeb for Redbridge.

Please contact your GP Trainer Lead via the email address below with your course start date so that you can be added to the trainer’s workshop email group and start to receive your invitations to the trainer workshops.

You will be provided with minutes and summaries of all meetings as well as the details of upcoming Trainers workshops for the year. There is a great opportunity for peer group support and learning with the varied experience between trainers.

For further information on the local workshops for GP Educators in BHR, please email info@manoravenue.co.uk.