We are introducing a framework for GMC credentials for doctors. GMC credentials will be focused in discrete areas of practice where consistent clinical standards recognised across the UK are necessary to support better and safer patient care.

GMC credentials will be considered for approval:

  • in unregulated areas of practice where there may be significant patient safety risks
  • where the capacity to train doctors is insufficient to meet patient or service needs.

A phased introduction

In June 2019, Council approved the framework for GMC credentials along with proposals for a phased introduction, working with five early adopters.

  • Cosmetic surgery – led by the Royal College of Surgeons
  • Interventional neuroradiology (acute stroke) – led by the Royal College of Radiologists
  • Liaison psychiatry – led by the Royal College of Psychiatrists
  • Pain medicine – led by the Faculty of Pain Medicine
  • Remote and rural – led by NHS Education Scotland

Task and finish groups were established for each of the early adopters to enable stakeholder input, and to help us evaluate and improve our processes.

We updated Council in September 2021 on the progress of the early adopters through our approval processes, and on the development of an updated framework.

A framework for GMC credentials – updated 2021

Council approved our updated framework for GMC credentials, which reflects learning from the early adopters, and further policy development and engagement during this time.

We have produced a set of frequently asked questions that have been endorsed by the UK Medical Education Reference Group. This document sets out answers to questions that arose throughout our engagement on the framework. We will update these early in 2022 to reflect the changes to the framework.

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