Evaluating the trainer recognition framework

What were the key findings?

  • The trainer recognition framework has helped to professionalise medical education and training, and increase the quality and visibility of medical training.
  • The framework has been used as a lever to help secure time for recognised trainer roles in job planning, and skill development in local education providers. It also clarified what doctors in training can expect from their educational and clinical supervisors.
  • The research also identified areas for development, including looking again at how the framework is applied in undergraduate medical education.

Why did we commission this research?

  • The trainer recognition framework became compulsory in 2016 to promote and enhance the value of training, both in individual job plans and in the organisations that employ doctors involved in training.
  • In 2018 we commissioned this independent research to evaluate the impact it’s had on the quality of medical education and training in the UK.

What did the research involve?

  • Newcastle University carried out this research. This involved focus groups, interviews and workshops with those who are involved in training or who support trainers, as well as speaking to trainers themselves.

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