The GMC has established a research programme to develop the evidence base that informs our work on regulating doctors.
The majority of our research is commissioned and undertaken by researchers and organisations independent of the GMC. On occasion, we will also undertake reviews of published literature in-house. Findings from these projects contribute to an evidence base which can be used to inform policy developments within the GMC and the wider medical regulatory arena. Unless expressly stated, the views and opinions described in any publications or activities arising from these projects should not be regarded as representative of the GMC.
Some research projects, for example, our completed study exploring the rise in fitness to practise referrals from public organisations, require the GMC to provide to the researchers involved data that has been collected as part of its statutory regulatory functions.
Wherever possible and in most cases the data shared is aggregated, anonymised or pseudonomised. Identifiable data is only used where this is strictly necessary with strict controls in place. We ensure with our research contractors that the data is processed fairly and lawfully, stored securely and reported appropriately (with results fully anonymised).
If a project requires the organisation doing the research to contact individuals to obtain their views, the GMC obtains the consent of the individuals concerned before passing on any contact details.
In this section you can find out about Completed research and Tender Opportunities.