Educators and the CDU
The CDU provides advice and training for trainers responsible for the professional competence and development of a doctor or dentist in training who has run into difficulty.
Helping a trainee who is in difficulty is often a challenge and requires time. The district clinical tutor or clinical director should be the first point of contact for advice and support.
A trainer who has identified that one of their trainees has significant problems is advised to:
- keep accurate training records
- enlist the help of others in the department, if appropriate
- if possible, create opportunities for personal observation of the trainee.
CDU resources for working with a trainee in difficulty
Helping a Trainee in Difficulty: a guide for educational supervisors is a CDU PDF booklet that sets down three levels of difficulty, allowing you to assess how significant a trainee's problems are. It shows who has responsibility for each level and who else you should involve, with guidance on when it is appropriate to refer to the CDU.
What to expect from the CDU includes more detailed guidance on the sort of information the CDU will need a trainer to collate in order to work with the CDU
Writing a formal report gives guidance on how to write a formal report on trainee performance, which may be needed if the GMC, GDC, or courts become involved.