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Faculty Development Framework: FAQs

This page provides answers to frequently asked questions about the RCOG Faculty Development Framework.

What is the Faculty?

The Faculty is the College’s name for all O&G doctors who are engaged in training. Effectively, this is all active O&G doctors, as practically everyone has to act as either a clinical or an educational supervisor. The Faculty is specifically related to roles or statuses conferred by the RCOG, not to roles or jobs undertaken outside the College.

Who is the Faculty for?

The Faculty is for all doctors who are already involved in training, particularly those who have a particular interest in education and want to progress to more senior roles within education. However the Faculty is specifically related to roles or statuses conferred by the RCOG, not to roles or jobs undertaken outside the College.

Why is the Faculty needed?

We want to recognise the enormous contribution of those who train O&G doctors as they progress through the recognised RCOG statuses and roles. The profile of training in secondary care postgraduate medical education has risen exponentially over the past few years because of changes to standards and regulation, culminating in the recent introduction of the new UK-wide trainer recognition scheme by the General Medical Council (GMC). Therefore, the College wants to use the unique means at our disposal to help our trainers progress and give the best education they can to incoming generations of doctors. Even though the Faculty is only related to roles or statuses conferred by the RCOG, evidence from these roles can be used in educational career progression and indeed vice versa.

What do I get from the Faculty?

You’ll be part of a national cohort of professional educators and have access to resources that are specific to your tier. You’ll have a better understanding of the different RCOG educational roles and how they would suit your career as an educator. Most importantly, you’ll have explicit recognition of your faculty tier status, which can be used for GMC trainer recognition, revalidation, CPD and NHS appraisal.

In many ways, it’s up to you what you get from the Faculty, but the bare minimum will be confirmation of your Faculty status.

How do I use my Faculty tier for CPD and revalidation?

We will be sending a certificate to all Fellows, Members and Trainees over the next few months confirming your tier status. The certificate will be sent electronically, and you will be able to upload your certificate to your CPD ePortfolio and use it as evidence for revalidation.

How do I join and what does it cost?

You don’t need to do anything to join the Faculty, and there’s no cost. The College will confirm your initial Faculty tier status in autumn 2014.

How does the Faculty fit into my career progression?

We designed the RCOG Faculty Development Framework to recognise the contributions and enhance the career prospects of those involved in educational activity. The framework also has value for GMC-recognised clinical supervisors who are not necessarily active in progressing in education, as tier recognition will still be useful for revalidation and appraisal.

What percentage of the profession will fall into each tier?

The vast majority of the profession will fall into tier 2, as the relevant criteria are Membership or Fellowship of the RCOG. All those in tier 2 will at least be recognised clinical supervisors. Naturally, tier 4 will be the smallest group.

Is there one thing that clearly defines each tier?

Tier 1 consists of all pre-MRCOG trainees. Progression from tier 1 to tier 2 will be automatic on passing the MRCOG. Educational career advancement will be most evident between tiers 2 and 3, and between tiers 3 and 4.

Each tier is defined either by a particular RCOG status (tiers 1 and 2) or by RCOG educational roles that have gone through a validation process (tiers 3 and 4). All RCOG educational roles have a tier rating which will be included when we advertise for these positions. For a full list of RCOG educational roles and their tier ratings, please visit the job roles and tier ratings page.

How do I move up a tier?

Your tier rating is defined by the RCOG educational role or status you hold. If you have more than one RCOG educational role or status, we will assign you the highest tier rating. When you are appointed to a new educational role, we will confirm your new tier rating (if it is different from your current tier).

For more information about progression through the framework, please visit the faculty development progression page.

Could I be considered for a higher tier based on external educational roles/academic achievements?

The Faculty of RCOG Medical Educators only recognises RCOG roles, posts or statuses, because it is neither possible nor appropriate for the RCOG to verify any other external role, post or academic achievement. However, external educational achievements will undoubtedly form part of the person specification for particular RCOG educational posts and will be taken into consideration in the recruitment process. Please see the RCOG educational roles and tier ratings for a list of all RCOG educational roles recognised by the Faculty Development Framework.

Am I an ATSM Educational Supervisor or an ATSM Preceptor?

There has been some confusion regarding the roles of ATSM Education Supervisor and ATSM Preceptor. Please see the job descriptions for the different roles for confirmation whether you are an ATSM Educational Supervisor or Preceptor. Should you be an ATSM Preceptor and have received a certificate with the incorrect tier, please contact and we will rectify the situation. 

Contact us

If your question isn’t answered above, or you need additional information about the Faculty Development Framework, please email

Elsewhere on the site

Resources and support for trainers
See all resources offered by the RCOG to support educators and trainers in O&G
Resources and support for trainees
See all the resources available to trainees on the specialty training programme in O&G