Clinical Education in Practice



This level is aligned with the GMC requirements for Recognition and Approval of Trainers, Framework Areas 1-7 

 It is accredited by the Advance HE (formerly Higher Education Academy) and the Academy of Medical Educators. You should familiarise yourself with the UK Professional Standards Framework (UKPSF) and the information about its purpose, because the Framework underpins a great deal of the programme. 

What you will get 

A certificate of completion endorsed by the University of Edinburgh and the South East Faculty of Clinical Educators 

●      eligibility to carry 20 SCQF credits at postgraduate level 11 towards the University of Edinburgh Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice (PGCAP) or the MSc in Clinical Education (via Recognition of Prior Learning)

●      entitlement to Associate Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy and membership of the Academy of Medical Educators. These entitle you to use the post-nominals AFHEA and MAcadMEd.

In addition to this, the reflective blogs will serve to provide evidence of your engagement with the UK Professional Standards Framework (UKPSF) for Teaching and Supporting Learning in Higher Education.  The Clinical Educator Programme is aligned with Descriptor 1 of the UKPSF, so you should familiarise yourself with the dimensions of the framework (A1-5, K1-6, V1-4) and with Descriptor 1 of the framework.  These are on pages 3 and 4 of this UKPSF document

Who Clinical Education in Practice for

This level is suitable for you if you are a clinician who has several significant educational roles, and you want to develop advanced skills in clinical education. 

What you need to complete: 

Reflective Blogging

The assessed element of the Clinical Education in Practice course will be through a series of six reflective blogs, totalling 4,000 words.  Each blog should be between 600-700 words and you can choose the theme of each one.  It should be something that you feel will provide rich ground for exploring your educational practice and your development as an educator.  

Through your blogs, we ask you to critically reflect on yourself, and your experiences as a clinical educator, in the context of your learning from the Programme.  

The key benefits we see that it will offer from your (the candidate) perspective are;

  • A more collective group approach for those who want/need it.
  • More opportunities for peer feedback and feedforward
  • More tutor support with regular support sessions and feedback/feedforward

Collectively, this approach will make for a pedagogically sound and robust educational experience for you leading to a greater degree of personal development and satisfaction.

If you wish to apply for a place you will need to have completed CEP Level 2 and have time to devote to writing six blogs with a 12 month period. Your blogs should be submitted every two months for summative feedback.  The deadline for the final blog submission will be 12 noon on the last Friday in February each year.  Please watch this introductory video before applying.

*Application Closing Date: Friday, 3 February 2023 at 12 noon (applications no invited)

Start Date                               Wedneday, 1 March 2023

Final Submission Date            Friday, 24 February 2024 at 12 noon

Board of Examiners Meet       (TBC)

*  Please only apply if you have completed CEP Level 2 and teach Edinburgh Medical School students, or teach trainees within South East Scotland Deanery or one of the NHS Boards that take Edinburgh Medical School students (Ayrshire & Arran, Dumfries & Galloway, Lanarkshire, NSS/BTS, State Hospital, Highland, Western Isles).

Final decisions regarding whether or not your series of blogs meets the criteria required for a ‘PASS’ will made at a Board of Examiners’ meeting.  Participants will normally be informed of the decision within six weeks of the final submission date.

Can I get help to write my blogs?

We encourage you to seek help from us and from each other: this is all part of the learning process.  We will help you with the process of reflective writing by offering regular Reflective Writing Sessions.  We will also help you with the content of your writing, and how you could demonstrate engagement with the UKPSF, by offering Blog Support Sessions: you may use these sessions to bring us questions, to share ideas with peers and to give each other feedback, or you could simply use the sessions to have protected time for writing.  Detail of these sessions will be provided once your application has been successful.

General reading: for inspiration have a look at some of the references in the CEP course guides.  Ideas for further reading can be found at the Clinical Educator Programme Resource List (currently under expansion). 

Your values: to help you get thinking about V1-V4, have a go at this (free) questionnaire: Teaching Perspectives Inventory

Reflective writing: to help you with reflective writing, ideas and guidance can be found here: Reflection and Reflective Writing

Referencing: for a reminder of the Harvard referencing system, this is a useful guide: Write and Cite

Technical: contact University of Edinburgh Information Services: Blogs.ed help and support