What is the General Medical Council?
We protect, promote and maintain the health and safety of the public by ensuring proper standards in the practice of medicine. This means we make sure that doctors have the right knowledge, skills and experience to practise medicine safely in the UK.
Fostering good medical practice
We do this by producing ethical guidance that sets out the principles you should follow in your work – the duties of a doctor. Good medical practice is our core guidance, but we also give advice on issues such as reporting gunshot and knife wounds, personal beliefs and medical practice, appropriate use of social media and obtaining consent to treatment from children.
Promoting high standards of medical education and training
We set the standards for the education that medical schools provide.
We also set the knowledge, skills and behaviour that you must demonstrate by the time you graduate. You may want to have a look to see the types of things you will be able to do when you finish medical school, including the practical procedures you will be able to carry out.
Keeping up-to-date registers of qualified doctors
We control access to the medical register. You will need to register with us and obtain a licence to practise before you are able to begin work as a doctor. We will only register those doctors who meet our standards, so it is important that you understand how your behaviour, even now as a student, is expected to reflect these.
Dealing firmly and fairly with fitness to practise concerns
We have strong and effective legal powers designed to maintain the standards the public have a right to expect of doctors. We take firm but fair action where those standards have not been met. Where any doctor fails to meet those standards, we act to protect patients from harm – if necessary, by removing or suspending a doctor from the medical register or placing restrictions on their practice.