Hands held in partnership

HC Skills International are joining with Essential Guides to deliver the Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Education to medics and clinicians at the Royal Society of Physicians in London next month.

The programme (38 credits level 7) equips delegates who have a responsibility for training colleagues within their professional remit with the skills and knowledge that will allow them to deliver structured, measured and effective teaching strategies.

The course will be held at the RSP in St Andrews Place, London, on 6 – 7, April 2019.

The Diploma is achieved in two days based on delegates’ recognised prior learning – for example a medical degree – and it is tailored to doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals including the medical device industry.

To date, the PG Dip course has been delivered by HC Skills to more than 1,000 people at various venues across the United Kingdom and Europe since 2007.

The qualification, issued by Eduqual, maps directly to guidance for postgraduate medical education referenced by the General Medical Council via the Framework for the Professional Development of Postgraduate Medical Supervisors.

The GMC’s Generic Standards for Training require that doctors with additional designated educational roles must demonstrate ability as effective trainers.

The course programme is delivered through formal presentations, structured delegate participation and clinical skills sessions administered and facilitated by clinical educators with the defining experience and qualifications.

The key elements formally assessed are:

  • Education theory
  • Effective lecturing/presentation skills
  • Ability to instruct participants to teach effectively
  • Teaching a clinical skill
  • Education session plan
  • The art of critique and appraisal

The course utilises blended learning techniques, including an online pre-course component, a two-day classroom-based practical session and a post-course online written assessment. It enables delegates to improve their ability to present, instruct and demonstrate clinical/technical skills to others.

Previous presentations of the course have received high praise from medical professionals who have attended.

Some of the testimonials we have received:

‘The course included excellent practical experience of structuring micro-teaching sessions effectively.’


‘The most significant things I learned were teaching methods, micro-teaching and mannerisms.’


‘I will do so many things differently as a result of this course; as a result, I will be much clearer in my presentational structuring.’


‘This is a VERY useful course, and very enjoyable. A good mixture between practical and listening.’

HC Skills director Diane Irvine said: “This is the same course we have been staging for the last 10 years – it’s just it has had a minor makeover with some new content; and it does not adversely affect those who have achieved the postgrad qualification with us in the past.

“We have taken more than 1,000 medical personnel down through the years and given them the skills needed to be effective trainers/teachers within their professional remit.

“The fact that this is still proving to be a hugely popular course is testament to the HC Skills team who present it at various venues across the UK.

“They have the defining knowledge and experience to add this additional key element to the medical professional’s armoury.”

Thing2About Essential Guides:

Essential Guides aims to provide high quality education to health professionals, which they can put directly into practice, thereby improving their patient outcomes and their experience of the health system.

About EduQual:

EduQual qualifications are recognised by universities, professional membership bodies and many other stakeholders in the UK and beyond.

Holders of EduQual qualifications can “top-up” to degrees at First and Master’s degree level (SCQF Level 11/RQF Level 7) awarded by many British and international universities, including, but not limited to:

  • Anglia Ruskin University
  • Bath Spa University
  • Binary University of Business and Entrepreneurship (Malaysia)
  • University of Bedfordshire
  • University of Chester
  • University of Dundee
  • University of East London
  • Edinburgh Napier University
  • London Metropolitan University
  • Newman University
  • University of Northampton
  • University of South Wales

If you already have a Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Education, you can now top it up to a Master’s Degree, awarded by a UK university.

The programmes are likely to include a 60-credit dissertation or project which can be completed “by-distance” at a significantly reduced cost.

Entry will involve completion of a single “bridging” assignment. For more information, contact EduQual.

The Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education have produced a guide to comparing qualifications across the UK and Europe, including the Ofqual-Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF) and the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF).

The QAA work across all four nations of the United Kingdom to protect the standards and improve the quality of higher education.

HC Skills International is a licensed registered professional education centre which approves and awards CPD points for education in the health sector.

For further information, contact jane@healthcareskills.com or phone +44 (0) 141 946 6482.




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