GMC gives green light to plans to boost standards of medical trainers

Published on Wednesday, 15 August 2012 13:03
Posted by Scott Buckler

The General Medical Council (GMC) is set to strengthen the role of doctors who train medical students and doctors in training by formally recognising the contribution they make to patient safety

Senior clinicians who train, supervise, mentor and act as role models for the next generation of doctors are shaping the doctors of the future. We want to make clear what is expected from organisations involved in training to support and recognise them.

Niall Dickson, Chief Executive of the GMC

Doctors who train other doctors are critical to developing and improving standards of care - they help shape the next generation of doctors and are important role models for medical students and doctors in training.

Standards for all stages of medical education and training are set by the GMC and the new system will make clear the roles and responsibilities of the organisations who deliver it.

The new arrangements will be implemented in phases - local systems will be in place by July 2013 and medical trainers in four roles covering both undergraduate and postgraduate learners will be fully recognised by July 2016.

The four roles are:

  • Named education supervisors in postgraduate training
  • Named clinical supervisors in postgraduate training
  • Lead coordinators of undergraduate training at each local education provider
  • Doctors responsible for overseeing students' education progress for each medical school

This follows a consultation earlier this year in which the majority of respondents supported the GMC's plans for trainers.

Local education providers such as NHS trusts and boards as well as general practices will need to demonstrate that they have put in place local systems to identify, educate and appraise trainers.

Postgraduate deaneries and medical schools will be responsible for holding the names of all recognised non-GP trainers and showing the GMC what local arrangements are in place to maintain standards.

The GMC already approves those who train doctors training to be GPs but it needs new legal powers to be able to approve other trainers.

In the meantime, the new arrangements for recognising trainers will help to make sure that local education providers, postgraduate deans and medical schools are ensuring the GMC's standards for training.

Niall Dickson, Chief Executive of the GMC, said: 'Too often the senior clinicians who train, supervise, mentor and act as role models for the next generation of doctors are not given the recognition and credit they deserve. They are shaping the doctors of the future and we need to ensure they have the time, support and training they need to undertake this critical work.

'We want to make clear what is expected from organisations involved in training to support and recognise these important roles. This should not be about box ticking or more bureaucracy - it should be about supporting key staff undertaking vital work that will contribute to better safer care for patients.'

Source:©GMC

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