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Regional and national reviews

We carry out regional reviews in England and national reviews in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

On a regional review we visit every medical school and the deanery or local office in a geographical region or country. This helps us to make judgements about each individual organisation against our standards.

A regional review involves visiting:

  • the medical school or schools
  • the organisations responsible for postgraduate training
  • some NHS trusts or boards which are responsible for delivering training in a region.

The aim of a regional review

The aim of a regional review is to identify the key challenges for medical education and training across the region as a whole, by comparing the quality of training to our standards.

The review is risk based, which means that the visits to each organisation will focus on identifying and managing areas of risk. Regional reviews also look to identify and share good practice.

When creating the regional and national visit schedule we look at:

  • previous visit findings
  • the time since the last visit
  • concerns about the quality of training (identified through our responses to concerns process and surveys).

The regional and national review process in detail

Our detailed description of the regional and national review process.

Our schedule of regional and national visits for 2014–18.

Our regional and national visit reports.