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Education consultations and reviews - completed

This page holds information on consultations and reviews we have completed around medical education and training.

Standards for curricula and assessment review

2015-May 2017

We reviewed our standards for curricula and assessment, and consulted on draft standards during September and October 2016.

We published Excellence by design: standards for postgraduate curricula in May 2017.

Development of generic professional capabilities

2012-May 2017

From 2012 to 2015 we worked on the development of a generic professional capabilities framework (GPC) which will be included in all postgraduate curricula, and which reinforces the professional, non-technical skills required of doctors.

In 2016 we worked with the AoMRC on guidance to help colleges and faculties embed GPCs into all postgraduate curricula. The GPC framework and guidance was published alongside new curriculum standards in early 2017.

Review of student professional values and fitness to practise guidance

September 2014–May 2016

We completed a large scale review of our guidance on student fitness to practise, Medical students: professional values and fitness to practise (2009), which resulted in publication of two new pieces of guidance.

For details and the new guidance, see review of student professional values and fitness to practise guidance.

Review of education and training standards

July 2013–July 2015

We undertook a review of our standards for medical education and training and held a public consultation in early 2015.

We published Promoting excellence: standards for medical education and training in July 2015. The new standards cover both undergraduate and postgraduate medical education and training.

Review of our approach to quality assurance

2012–2013

We undertook a comprehensive review of our approach to quality assuring medical education and training.

Council approved a final report on the review in February 2014.

Review of graduate preparedness and the impact of Tomorrow's Doctors (2009)

December 2012–October 2014

We commissioned research and analysed other information about the preparedness of UK medical graduates and the impact of Tomorrow’s Doctors (2009).

For details see review of the impact of Tomorrow’s Doctors.

Review of health and disability in medical education and training

January 2012–December 2013

We examined the challenges that disabled medical students and trainee doctors face at all stages of education and training and any implications for the regulatory framework.

For details see review of health and disability in medical education and training.

Review of the routes to GP and specialist registration

March 2012–June 2012

This consultation sought views on proposed changes to the way doctors are assessed for GP or specialist registration through the equivalence route.

The consultation report was endorsed by Council in September 2012.

For details see review of the routes to GP and specialist registration.

Recognising and approving trainers

January 2012–March 2012

This consultation sought feedback on our proposed new arrangements for the recognition and approval of trainers, and invited comments on a number of questions arising from the recommendations.

Following consultation, our Council agreed a phased process for implementing new arrangements for recognising trainers.

For details see recognition and approval of trainers.

The review of continuing professional development

October 2011–February 2012

We have now published guidance on CPD following a two-year review culminating in widespread public consultation.

For details see publications, reports and research on CPD.

National postgraduate professional examinations

February 2011–March 2011

Since the consultation closed work has progressed and the latest information can be found at national professional examinations.

Amendments to the Applications for GP and Specialist Registration Regulations 2010

February 2011–March 2011

The revised Regulations were approved by Parliament in summer 2011 and can be seen at Applications for General Practice and Specialist Registration Regulations.

A review of the future regulation of medical education and training

January 2010–March 2010

The final report was published in April 2010 and can be seen at Review of the Future Regulation of Medical Education and Training.