National training surveys postponed

We know this is a very pressured time for both doctors in training and trainers. We have decided to postpone this year’s national training surveys, which were due to launch on 24 March 2020. We’ll continue to monitor the situation and hope to run them later this year.


We set the standards for providers of medical education and training, and we regularly check to make sure those standards are met. Here you'll find the standards, guidance and curricula we publish along with supporting materials. 

Medical licensing assessment
We’re introducing the Medical Licensing Assessment (MLA) which will test the core knowledge, skills and behaviours needed to practise safely in the UK. From 2023, international medical students will sit the MLA instead of PLAB. And UK medical students graduating in the academic year 2023-24 will need to pass the MLA.

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Our standards, guidance and curricula

We set the standards and outcomes for medical education and training in the UK. We regulate all stages of doctors' training and professional development.

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How we quality assure

We're responsible for assuring the quality of education and training, identifying areas of good practice as well as where our standards are not being met.

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Reports and reviews

We collect annual reports from medical schools and postgraduate bodies. We also collect data from visits, surveys and other sources. We use this to identify trends, concerns and examples of good practice.

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How to become a doctor
From education and work experience to funding and support, find out what's involved in becoming a practising UK doctor.