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TRaMS - training, revision and mentoring support

In line with the NHS Scotland commitment to provide a capable workforce and ensure safe effective patient care, the TRaMS programme offers robust, quality assured educational support and guidance to help dentists and dental care professionals remediate.

This will include assistance to develop a personal development plan, guidance on reflective practice, simulated clinical skills training where appropriate and access to a trained mentor throughout the process.

Application form

Access to TRaMS is by application - TRaMS application form [PDF]

Stages in the remediation process

  1. Application to TRaMS includes consent declaration for seeking and sharing information;
  2. Application Review Meeting, a review of relevant issues including feedback gained from other Stakeholders;
  3. TRaMS decision whether it is possible to offer support and accept the registrant into the remediation programme;
  4. Initial cost estimate will be provided to the registrant;
  5. After payment of initial estimated costs, support will be provided to develop a draft action or remediation learning plan in the form of a Personal Development Plan;
  6. Agree and timetable milestones and approval of the action/remediation plan by all the stakeholders (where appropriate);
  7. Registrant undertakes the action/remediation plan;
  8. Review action/remediation plan and any necessary adjustments;
  9. Review the evidence of the completion of the PDP objectives;
  10. Follow up and evaluation. Reports as required.

Please note: During the remediation process, if TRaMS Programme become aware of serious breaches of conduct or a risk to patient safety they will be obliged to report this to the appropriate authorities or regulatory bodies.

TRaMS guidance document [PDF]

Health Concerns

Where there is health or behavioural concerns, TRaMS can provide details of how to seek the help and advice of an occupational health and/or an occupational psychologist. Please note, charges for these services will have to be paid directly by the registrant.


The TRaMS programme has a pool of trained mentors available throughout Scotland who assist the TRaMS team in providing mentoring and support to those undertaking remediation.

The mentors will assist with the PDP outcomes which have been agreed in advance. Mentors or workplace supervisors appointed by the GDC or Medico-Legal Defence Organisations do not form part of the NES TRaMS process.

Cost of remediation

The TRaMS programme is not funded by the NHS and therefore the costs of TRaMS support must be met by the registrant and must be paid in full in advance according to estimates that will be provided. However, NES will provide a time-limited initial meeting with the TRaMS Adviser, free of charge.

Charges for TRaMS support [PDF]

What can I expect?

Any request for support will be reviewed by the TRaMS team, after the initial meeting with the TRaMS Adviser, and after seeking input from other organisations where appropriate, before a decision on acceptance can be given.

Personal development plan (PDP)

A Personal Development Plan is a structured document, created by an individual to allow them to reflect upon their own learning, clinical performance and any difficulties they may be aware of, and to help them plan for their personal, educational and career development.

Download a copy of a PDP template [PDF]

Quick guide to developing a PDP

  • Reflect on the areas you wish to develop. These may be areas where you have had indicated you are underperforming or feel you could do with some additional continuing professional development;
  • State these goals specifically (i.e. what you need to achieve). List as main areas to be addressed, e.g. Periodontal Management;
  • Break these down into specific educational needs, e.g. review BPE;
  • Outline precisely the objectives you wish to achieve, e.g. demonstrate that you can record BPE correctly.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of appropriate treatment of BPE scores 3 & 4;
  • Select update method e.g study day, guidelines, hands on training, shadowing;
  • State how you will measure learning and evidence it, e.g. reflective account, audit, formal assessment;
  • Determine a time frame to complete this goal.

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Last updated: 29/09/2020

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