Clinical Educator Programme

Frequently asked questions

If you have a query about the CEP programme, you should find an answer here.

Am I eligible to participate in the Clinical Educator Programme? 

Doctors who teach Edinburgh Medical School students and/or trainees within Southeast Scotland Deanery are eligible to participate. We also welcome those who work in NHS Boards that take Edinburgh Medical School students (Ayrshire & Arran, Dumfries & Galloway, Forth Valley, Lanarkshire, NSS/BTS, State Hospital, Highland, Western Isles). Allied Health Professionals working in Southeast Scotland are eligible also.


How much does it cost? 

The Clinical Educator is free of charge to all eligible participants. 


How can I get involved with teaching Edinburgh medical students? 

If you’re interested in gaining more teaching experience, the Clinical Skills, MBChB Assessment and the Communication Skills teams in Edinburgh Medical School, welcome approaches from those who are interested in supporting teaching and the running of examinations. Alternatively, you may prefer to contribute to the teaching of Edinburgh medical students on a particular module. You’ll find additional information on the Teaching Opportunities tab. The Student Wellbeing Team recruit Early Year Guides (Years 1 and 2) and Professional Advisors (Years 4 to 6) to provide a friendly face and pastoral support for a small group of students. If you would like further information, please see our Student Wellbeing page. Edinburgh Medical School employ Clinical Tutor Associates (CTAs). Further information is available on the Clinical Tutor Associate (CTA) tab.  


Can I participate in CEP if I don’t have a designated teaching role? 

Yes, we expect that most healthcare professionals will be involved in teaching to some degree regardless of whether they have a designated teaching role. Provided you meet the eligibility criteria, you can enrol.  


Can I have my online teaching observed? 

Yes – when planning to have your teaching observed please share any links with the CEP administration team and/or your observer. Remember to protect time for your feedback discussion following your observed teaching and to set up a separate link for that discussion if required. 


Can I have my face to face teaching observed? 

Yes, when contacting CEP to arrange this, please offer as much information as you can regarding date, time, venue, type of teaching, and learner group. 


Can I have my bedside teaching or other teaching observed in clinical places? 

Yes, all observers are able to visit clinical areas. We recommend gaining the consent of any patients and those in charge of the clinical shift. 


Can I have a supervisory session with a trainee observed? 

Yes, we insist however that you inform and gain consent from the trainee prior to the session. 


Will observers be willing to travel to observe my teaching? 

Yes, observers are able to travel across Edinburgh, Fife, Lothians and Borders. They can also visit other areas outside this region on request, and dependent on circumstances. Please contact the CEP team to discuss this. 


Can I record my teaching and have my observer give me feedback later ? 

No, observers will only provide feedback on live teaching. 


Can you observe my face-to-face-teaching remotely? 

No, if your teaching is designed to be online, observers will also join online. If your teaching is face-to-face, observers will attend in person.  


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