Guidance for Trainee users on SOAR

Resources for Doctors in Training (in Scotland)

Since Medical Revalidation was launched in December 2012, NES has developed SOAR to accommodate Appraisal and Revalidation recommendations for all doctors working in NHS Scotland, in Primary and Secondary Care, including Trainee doctors.

It has been agreed at a national level that Revalidation recommendations in Scotland will be made by Responsible Officers (ROs) from SOAR. For Trainee doctors in Scotland, the Health, Probity, Complaints & Critical Incidents, and Work History declarations will now need to be completed on SOAR and reviewed and signed off by their Educational Supervisors (ahead of their review meeting).

This allows the ROs and their named and agreed proxies (your Post Graduate Deans) to access your ARCP details (imported from Turas) and declarations, as well as making the Revalidation recommendations from within the same system.

Please find below Powerpoint slideshows that illustrate how various Trainee users navigate through SOAR.

Please also visit the Trainee FAQs page if you have further queries.

Trainee Revalidation on SOAR | File Size: 3614 KB | Date Updated: 10/03/2014

22-slide overview guidance for Trainees (last updated on 14/05/2013), illustrating what they need to do on SOAR

User Role Menu Ed Sup | File Size: 13.2 KB | Date Updated: 10/06/2015

Guidance for Educational Supervisors | File Size: 715 KB | Date Updated: 10/03/2014

13-slide guidance for Ed Sups on how to review and sign off a Trainee's declarations on SOAR (last updated on 14/05/2013)

Guidance for Training Programme Directors (TPDs) | File Size: 679.32 KB | Date Updated: 19/04/2016

22-slide guidance for TPDs (last updated on 18/04/2016) on what they need to do on SOAR for their Trainees

Guidance for Deanery Admin Teams | File Size: 3148 KB | Date Updated: 21/03/2014

32-slide overview guidance for Deanery Admin Teams on what they need to do on SOAR, and how (last updated 06/06/2013).

SOAR Deanery Admin Handbook | File Size: 1807.65 KB | Date Updated: 29/08/2014

A reference tool to aid the Deanery regional teams in working with SOAR.

(99) How to Contact the SOAR Helpdesk | File Size: 788.5 KB | Date Updated: 07/07/2014

For all SOAR Users



Who does what on SOAR?

  • Trainees - need to complete the self assessment declarations on Health, Probity, Complaints, and Work History.
  • Educational Supervisors - need to review and sign off their Trainees' submitted declarations.
  • TPDs - need to review ARCP and declarations and make suggested Outcome to Revalidation to PostGrad Deans / RO
  • PostGrad Deans / RO - based on TPDs' suggestion and any other information available to them, make Revalidation recommendation to GMC via SOAR.
  • Deanery Admin teams - maintains Turas to ensure correct information is imported into SOAR; deal with Trainee login requests; create declarations on SOAR for Trainees.  (Please see Admin section for more information)

This page was last updated on: 02/08/2017