How we quality assure

We’re responsible for assuring the quality of education and training and identifying where our standards are not being met. Our quality assurance framework shows how we do this and outlines how we interact with education and training organisations. These organisations all have their own quality management processes, which include monitoring, data collection and driving improvements.

2019 National Training survey closed
The National Training Survey is now closed, we are collating the results and will report on them later in the year. The surveys help us make sure that trainees receive high quality training, in a safe and effective clinical environment, and trainers are well supported in their role.

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Medical schools

Medical schools must make sure their students get the education that meets our standards. We monitor and check to make sure these standards are maintained.

Our role with medical schools

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Postgraduate bodies

Postgraduate bodies manage the delivery of postgraduate training. They must demonstrate to us that they are meeting our standards. Postgraduate bodies include: Heath Education England and its local offices, NHS Education for Scotland, Health Education and Improvement Wales, and the Northern Ireland Medical and Dental Training Agency. 

Quality assuring postgraduate bodies

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Local education providers

Trainees receive training at approved locations including, hospitals, clinics and GP surgeries. Local education providers must meet our standards.

Approving training locations

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Royal colleges and faculties

The UK’s medical royal colleges and faculties set the curricula for specialty and GP training. Our role includes approving curricula for each training programme.

Our work with royal colleges and faculties