Managing concerns about trainees and trainers



The School is often involved in the management of situations where the behaviours of trainees, trainers, or frequently both is report as causing concern. The system of accountability and responsibility in such situations is complex. The School holds overall responsibility for the education and training of GP Specialty trainees. It does not hold any employment role with either trainees or trainers. Trainees are employed by the Trust or GP Practice in which they are working. Trainers are either employed by the Practice or self-employed. As a result, whilst educational matters are the School's remit, disciplinary matters with trainees fall within the Trust or GP Practices' area of responsibility and they are responsible for conducting any investigation deemed necessary into matters of conduct and capability in trainees. The responsibility for such issues with trainers lies with the employing Practice, Trust or the Local Area Team. As small businesses it is unlikely that most Practices will have prior experience of such situations and will turn to the School for advice on how to proceed.

To aid decision making in these situations, the School has published the following guidance for supporting trainees and trainers which we hope will be of benefit to all concerned. It is issued in good faith as guidance.

Graham Rutt    March 2014


Accessing help

if you are a trainee or a trainer and you need support or are concerned about either a trainer or a trainee, please contact your local training programme:


  Durham & Tees Valley GPTP North Cumbria GPTP   Northumbria GPTP
Support for trainees in difficulty

Email Chris Alderson


Phone 01913330234 where you will be directed to an appropriate TPD

Email the programme office


Phone 01228 814881

or email:

Karen Smith (LTPD)

Rick Tranter (Deputy LTPD)




Link to our website for Trainee Support Programme
Support for trainers in difficulty

Email: Trainer support lead via Training Co-ordinator Karen Chambers

Phone 0191 2156708

Reporting a concern about a trainee

If the trainee is already part of the TSP contact the link TPD named in the report.

If trainee is not already part of TSP, or you're not sure, contact Michelle Taberham (Programme Support Offier) who will direct your concern to the appropiate TPD.

Reporting a concern about a trainer As above but alternatively email:  Guy Robertshaw (TPD)

Email Sharon Gandy & Dorothy Warrington (TPD's)


Karen Chambers (Training Co-ordinator)