This website uses cookies to function correctly.
You may delete cookies at any time but doing so may result in some parts of the site not working correctly.

Traffic Light Scheme

  • Milton Keynes has pioneered a system by which Educational Supervisors can monitor the progress of their trainees and identify and support those who need to focus on particular areas. 

  • It’s important to understand this, as it will form part of your feedback.

  • The Traffic Light Tool assesses four different factors - R D M p
    • Relationship
    • Diagnostics
    • Management
    • professionalism
  • Each of these is then graded from
    • 1 (Serious Concerns)
    • 2 (Below Expectations for Stage)
    • 3 (Meets Expectations for Stage)
    • 4 (Above Expectations for Stage)
  • Each grade is also given a +/- to give an indication of “Insight” ie the degree to which the trainee appreciates their situation.

  • This will give a score, which might look something like R3+ D2- M2+ p3+. 

  • The trainee is also given a colour (Green, Amber or Red) to indicate the degree to which they are engaging with the learning process. Any trainee triggering Amber will have a meeting with a Program Director and their Educational Supervisor. Any trainee triggering Red would have a meeting with a Program Director, their Educational supervisor, the Associate Director and possibly their Clinical Supervisor too.

The following table gives an indication of what determines whether trainees are Green, Amber or Red.

ColourConcernePortfolio (eP)ESPD/AD
GreenNoneSufficient number and quality of entries Progression in PDP and skills log Satisfactory coverage of curriculum Satisfactory completion of CBD’s and COT’sContinue with regular rv eP Continue with 6/12ly reviews RDM-p 3 or 4 in all areas + insight in all domainsMonitor eP
AmberSomeConsistently Poor quality/ number entries Poor PDP Poor coverage of curriculum Inadequate number of mandatory exercisesRDM-p 2 in any area Poor insight in any one areaPD Interview Trainee + ES +/- CS
RedSignificantFailure to engage in eP Unsatisfactory progress signalled by ES or CSRDM-p 2 in more than one area or 1 in any area, poor insight in multiple domainsInterview with PD and AD with ES with a view to ref to ARCP
Call 111 when you need medical help fast but it’s not a 999 emergencyNHS ChoicesThis site is brought to you by My Surgery Website