Credentialing

Credentialing is a process that will recognise expertise and provide approved, regulated training programmes n areas of practice where:

  • there may be significant patient safety issues, or
  • training opportunities are insufficient or do not provide adequate flexibility to support effective service delivery.

We plan to introduce the process of credentialing in 2019 subject to Council approval.

What is a credential?

We are proposing that optional components within specialty training or substantial areas existing outside training will become credentials. Credentialing will be the process which allows us to regulate these discrete programmes of learning areas and provide a way to recognise doctors' capabilities in these particular practice areas.

Credentials will describe the expected outcomes and capabilities doctors must demonstrate as they become experts in the field, just like postgraduate curricula.

Credentials are intended to complement existing training pathways and allow doctors to change their career direction or enhance their skills and expertise through an approved and assured programme of learnings.

Our draft framework sets out our proposals for credentialing, including how credentials would be identified and implemented.

Framework engagement

We engaged on our draft framework until January 2019. We're now analysing what we heard and refining our proposals in preparation for launch in summer 2019. The feedback you've shared will help inform the development of the final framework.

Contact us

If you have any questions please contact us at quality@gmc-uk.org.