We are introducing a framework for GMC-regulated credentials for doctors. GMC-regulated 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-regulated 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 framework for GMC-regulated credentials

We engaged on our draft framework until February 2019. We analysed what we heard, refined our proposals and this was ultimately signed off by our Council in June 2019. The feedback you've shared has helped to inform the development of the framework for GMC-regulated credentials.

We have produced a set of frequently asked questions that has been endorsed by the UK Medical Education Reference Group. This document sets out answers to questions that arose throughout our engagement on the framework.

A phased introduction

In June 2019, the GMC Council approved the framework for GMC-regulated credentials and proposals for a phased introduction by working with the five early adopters listed below. Task and finish groups are being established for all of the early adopters to help us evaluate and improve our processes, which will feed into a review of this first phase.

  • Interventional Neuroradiology (Acute Stroke) led by the Royal College of Radiologists
  • Pain Medicine led by the Faculty of Pain Medicine
  • Cosmetic Surgery led by the Royal College of Surgeons
  • Liaison Psychiatry led by the Royal College of Psychiatrists
  • Remote and Rural led by NHS Education Scotland

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