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Promoting excellence - new standards published today

Web News

30 Jul 2015

Our standards for medical education and training aim to put patient safety, quality of care, and fairness at the heart of the learning environment.

The standards cover undergraduate and postgraduate medical education and training across the UK, and make the roles and responsibilities of organisations delivering medical education clearer, as well as the requirements for teaching, supervision and support.

The new standards were developed with input from a wide range of organisations and individuals interested in medical education and training following a public consultation earlier in 2015.

The new standards replace the ‘standards for delivery of teaching, learning and assessment for undergraduate medical education’ in Tomorrow’s Doctors (2009), and the ‘standards for postgraduate training’ in The Trainee Doctor (2011). The outcomes that medical students and foundation year one doctors need to meet are still available as Outcomes for graduates and Outcomes for provisionally registered doctors.

We will also publish an updated framework for how we will quality assure organisations' progress against our new standards in due course, to reflect the new standards and current processes. We are committed to working closely with all the organisations involved, to make sure the standards are implemented consistently when they come into effect on 1 January 2016.

To read the new standards and find out more, please see: