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July monthly focus: Peer observation of training

As part of the ongoing enhancement of education and training across UHS, it has been identified that there is a need to demonstrate the quality of training (whether this is classroom or workplace based) carried out by all staff groups.

Peer observation of training is one aspect of quality monitoring specifically identified in all of our educational contracts. This enables both the individual (who is peer observed) and training and development department to identify skills or knowledge gaps in relation to the training approach, rather than the content of the session.

To support this quality initiative, peer observation postcards will be made available to staff in departments and through training and development. There are two different cards available, one for observing classroom based training and one for observing workplace training.

The trainer will need to be observed undertaking the teaching. Once completed, the peer observer and the trainer will be able to discuss the session and complete the two part peer observation card. The first part of the peer observation card is returned to training and development to register the event and provide further development. The second part remains with the trainer for information, reflection and to support the appraisal process.

For further information contact Alison Trenerry (education quality team) on or Liz Donovan (director of medical education) on

Posted on Sunday 1 July 2012