SAS Education

For SAS Doctors, over the last few years there has been work focussed on how to Maximise the Potential of SAS doctors. One area is within medical education and depending on your specialty you can start to gather insight into the qualifications and experience you need to become a medical educator. Below you’ll see different ways that you can develop within medical education.



Clinical Supervisor

Ideally you will have completed at least one year as an accredited specialist to become a clinical supervisor. You should have fulfilled two years as a clinical supervisor to become an educational supervisor. You’ll need to identify relevant courses to become a supervisor. As a first step, access the Academy of Medical Educators has framework which provides you with information on the GMC standard and the AoME highlights 7 areas of competency to work on.

Education Supervisor

To become an Education Supervisor, you will need to have completed a Postgraduate Certificate in Medical Education (PGCert), or an equivalent qualification such as the Certificate in Medical Education from the Academy of Medical Educators. Alternatively, you may have gained sufficient experience in medical education through your work and may be able to demonstrate your competence through a process of accreditation of prior experiential learning (APEL). Once you have the necessary qualifications and experience, you will need to apply for the role of Education Supervisor within your Trust or Health Board. You will need to demonstrate your commitment to medical education and your ability to provide high-quality supervision and support to trainees. Once appointed, you will be responsible for overseeing the education and training of your assigned trainees, providing feedback, and ensuring that they meet the required competencies and standards for their specialty.

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Educational and Clinical Supervisors – elearning for healthcare (

These are free e-learning modules which are an excellent way to understand more about the role and responsibilities. This includes clinical and education routes

E-learning - Educational Supervisor e-Learning Modules via e-LfH | East of England (

This focusses solely on education supervisory skills and will help you to understand the steps you need to take to develop this interest further.


Educational supervisor workshop and accreditation | RCP London

Further reading

SAS_doctors_in_education_1019.pdf (

Training Programme Director (TPDs)

Actively responsible for reviewing the work schedules for the trainees and supporting them with their portfolio development. Attendance at regional meetings with other TPD’s and Deans.  Do speak to your medical education department and understand more about who the current TPD’s are and the potential opportunity to take on an educator role like this.

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This is a sample job description for a Training Programme Director role. This gives you a good insight into the skills and competencies needed to pursue this extended role.

Advanced Life Support (ALS) Instructor

You’ll need to complete an ALS course and register with the Resuscitation Council UK. There are a variety of courses which are designed to equip healthcare professionals with the skills and knowledge to manage cardiac arrest and other life-threatening emergencies. You’ll need to complete a set number of supervised teaching sessions under the guidance of a qualified ALS Instructor. You’ll be responsible for delivering ALS training to healthcare professionals, including doctors, nurses, and paramedics. This will involve providing high-quality instruction and feedback, as well as assessing and evaluating trainees' skills and knowledge.

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Training Courses | Resuscitation Council UK

Schwartz Round Facilitator

Schwartz Rounds are a forum for healthcare professionals to discuss and reflect on the emotional and social aspects of caring for patients. You need to attend a training programme through Point of Care Foundation. The purpose of a Round is to ‘understand the challenges and regards thar are intrinsic to providing care, not to solve problems or to focus on the clinical aspects of care’ About Schwartz Rounds - Point of Care Foundation.

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Training & courses

Schwartz Rounds Facilitator Training - Point of Care Foundation

Medical Examiner

Medical examiners are experienced clinicians who are contracted to conduct independent reviews of the causes of death, separate from their regular clinical responsibilities. Within this role you could expect to be involved in enhancing the quality of mortality data and death certification, developing services to the bereaved allowing them to raise any concerns they may have and providing increased protection for the public by ensuring that all non-coronial deaths have an independent review.

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​​NHS England » The national medical examiner system

​​Provides an overview of the role and how to become a medical examiner

The Royal College of Pathologists provides information on becoming a medical examiner, the criteria required as well as the training involved.