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NES provides a wide range of training to support postgraduate medical education for both trainees and trainers


Practical hands-on training in the clinical setting is at the heart of postgraduate medical education.

The three key areas of training are:


This includes structured teaching in addition to practical experiential training for skills best learnt in different ways.

  • Clinical skills training

  • Trainees will need a wide range of non clinical skills to underpin their specialist medical training.

Faculty Development

Faculty Devleopment Alliance (FDA)

The new FDA has responsibility for the development and delivery of training for trainers in both primary and secondary care.

The FDA is producing a variety of educational opportunities each linked to an area(s) of the AoME Framework from which trainers can choose.  These currently include:

“Build on Your Skills” will help trainers access training and educational opportunities of interest to them or where they have an identified learning need.  Building on Your Skills will include: courses, workshops, and e-learning.


Continuing Professional Development and Revalidation

  • All doctors need to show that they continue to learn and update their skills throughout their professional life in order to be revalidated to practice - this includes trainees.
  • The GMC has produced CPD Guidancecovering
    • How doctors should plan, carry out and evaluate their CPD activity
    • The importance of taking account of the needs of patients and of the healthcare team when doctors consider their own learning needs.
    • How doctors should reflect on the Good Medical Practice domains when evaluating their CPD needs.
    • The relationship between CPD and revalidation.The use of appraisal, job planning and personal development plans in managing CPD and how to record CPD activities.
    • The responsibilities of others, such as employers and Colleges, in supporting doctors' CPD.
  • SOAR (Scottish Online Appraisal Resource)
  • ePortfolio
  • Training delivery needs to be flexible to work round the demanding schedules of doctors in training and in practice.
  • CPD for GPs - the GP CPD Web Portal

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