Sharing good practice

The identification and sharing of good practice is vital in quality improvement. The GMC will continue to share information on good practice through reports, case studies, face-to-face events and greater use of benchmarking to help medical schools and deaneries see more easily how the training they are responsible for compares to training in other locations.

Through reporting

All visit reports identify practice that work well within the medical schools and deaneries being visited. Read about good practice within deanery visit reports (QAFP/VTD) and within medical school visit reports (QABME).

Each year we also publish collated reports on good practice. The latest of these are:

We have also included case studies in supplementary advice to support medical school in implementing areas of the new standards they told us were particularly challenging, such as clinical placements for medical students, assessment, patient and public involvement, and developing teachers and trainers.

Through peer networks

The GMC has worked with the UK Foundation Programme Office to set up a peer network that receives each report on Foundation Programme Training and discusses how the good practice identified within the deanery visits can be applied in other deaneries or NHS organisations.

Through practical workshops

In 2010 we held a series of workshops with employers, postgraduate deaneries, medical schools and students to support the sharing of good practice in implementing the new standards for undergraduate education Tomorrow’s Doctors (2009)

This year we will hold another series of six workshops across the UK, again bringing together those involved in medical education; employers medical schools, postgraduate deaneries, medical royal colleges and faculties. The 2011 the workshops will focus on sharing good practice in areas that cross different stages of medical education and provide an update on the work of the Education Directorate and the new Quality Improvement Framework.

Through the Education Inter Regulatory Group

The Education Inter Regulatory Group (IRG) is a forum where representatives from professional health and social care regulatory bodies come together to discuss developments and best practice in the regulation of education and training.

The Group started in 2005 and meets twice a year. In order to support the work of the Group, a log of good practice examples and information has been developed. Its aim is to record and share key information about the work of the regulators, such as setting education standards, quality assurance and engagement.

The log of good practice (xls) shows the members of the Group. It explains the basic process for regulating education for each organisation and sets out aspects of their work. It is anticipated this will be a useful tool to both members of the Group and others.