For trainers

Consultants, educational supervisors and local faculty have a key role to play in supporting trainees with career thinking and decisions:

The HEE Medical and Dental Careers Strategy (2016) has been developed by the four nations to outline a vision of effective careers support for doctors. It states that: "Trainers should be able to access appropriate training to deliver basic career support to trainees and recognise those situations where they need to refer trainees." and that:"doctors in training go to senior colleagues clinical and educational supervisors and consultants for careers advice and these groups should be trained and supported to give appropriate advice".

The GMC's "Promoting Excellence" standard (R3.2) states that trainees "must have access to careers advice and support".  Educators providing support can use this as evidence of competence in line with the GMC Recognition of Trainers, Domain 6: Guiding Personal & Professional Development

Browse the other tabs in the Careers pages which contain a range of documents, links and resources (Exploring and Planning, Jobs and Applications, Careers Guidance). This section gives reports and research to help you to develop a well-informed picture of the current landscape of medical careers and to structure your careers conversations with trainees.

If you would like us to talk with a trainee who you think would benefit from an impartial careers conversation, see our guide on Signposting or Referring a Trainee to Careers. A trainee can  contact us directly on and it is helpful if they can complete and send some background information on this request form

Downloads & resources

Careers conversation tools

  • Careers decision timeline - encourages structured reflection on past decisions: Career timeline

  • Career kitbag - helps focus on immediate decisions: Career kitbag

  • Push or pull - prompts reflection on current factors influencing career thinking: Push or pull

  • Career reflection pro forma - helps to guide students and trainees with career reflection on jobs or placements: Recording career insights

'How To' guides:

Internal (& Wales) links

External links

Visual and virtual resources


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