UCL Medical School


Developing your teaching skills


A great way to improve you teaching is to get feedback. Feedback can come from self-reflection, peer observation and from learners themselves. There are many different ways to get feedback from learners and various types and designs of feedback form. Paul, a previous Clinical Teaching Fellow, has helpfully provided an example form that you can download, print and use.

Training to Teach

This very popular one-day course has been adapted from the TIPS course that was previously offered, based on feedback. It offers practical guidance on developing your teaching skills by improving interaction and applying structure to your teaching sessions with the opportunity to practice these newly acquired skills in a mini-teaching session of your own. The course incorporates core aspects of clinical teaching with small group teaching, with strong links to medical educational theory.

For more information and how to apply please visit Training to Teach

The London Deanery

High quality, accessible, free online modules are provided by the London Deanery. They are a great place to start, to get an overview of various aspects of medical education.

Topics include:

  • assessing educational needs
  • giving feedback
  • setting learning objectives
  • introduction to educational research
  • involving patients in clinical teaching
  • and many more...

Certificates are available on completion of individual modules, to add to your ePortfolio.

UCL Medical School TiME Conference  

There are an increasing number of junior doctors who combine their interest in medical education with clinical training. There are also many more doctors in training who would like to learn more about how to increase their involvement and experience in medical education.

The TiME Conferences are a chance to get together, share experiences and ideas, and learn more about careers in medical education.

Find out more and see photos and feedback from previous conferences at TiME Conferences

UCL Arena

UCL Arena works closely with staff responsible for teaching and learning across UCL, to provide support underpinned by the scholarship of teaching and learning, and grounded in the UCL context. 

Their site has a wealth of cross-disciplinary information. Of specific interest may be:

  • Professional development - for staff with honorary contracts with UCL as teachers and lecturers
  • Advice and Guidelines - both general and discipline-specific
  • Teaching Toolkits - a wealth of ideas and resources to help you influence, motivate and inspire your students. 
  • Courses and workshops - only on offer if you have an academic link to UCL eg an honorary contract with UCL Medical School. You will need a UCL login to book via the single training booking system. If you're a Case of the Month Tutor you will already have a UCL login - lucky you!

Teaching Resources

Below is a collection of resources from external sources, which may be useful:

  • to help you develop your teaching skills
  • to further your interest in medical education

UCL Medical School does not necessarily endorse the content of external sites.

Series of Articles
The Royal College of Physicians: Acute Care Toolkit

Accreditation for Medical Education

There are various ways in which you can get accreditation for your work in Medical Education:

Certificates for individual roles
Awards and Recognition of best practice
Higher Education Academy
Become a Clinical Teaching Fellow
Get an Academic Qualification

Giving great feedback

Good quality feedback must be at the heart of all your teaching. It is an essential part of the teaching and learning process, but is surprisingly difficult to do well. There are several models and frameworks for giving feedback, which aim to ensure that it is specific, fair and useful to the trainee. A BMJ article "Giving feedback" gives some background to why feedback sometimes goes wrong, and a guide for how to do it well.


Other things to consider are where and when you give feedback, and who else is present at the time. A further consideration is how much feedback to give in order to maximise learning, and not overload the learner. 

A presentation from the Higher Education Academy entitled "Giving Feedback: Tools of the Trade" is available on slideshare.