Reviewing flexibility

Following talks in May 2016 between the government in England and the BMA, over the new contract for doctors in training, we agreed to lead a review. The aim of the review is to identify ways doctors in training, across the four countries of the UK, could move more flexibly between postgraduate training programmes.

While the contract was rejected by doctors in training, we committed to the review in order to look at some of the deeper-seated issues which the contract dispute highlighted, including the inflexibility of current training pathways noted in the independent Shape of Training review.

It gave us an opportunity to examine collectively the scope for greater flexibility to better support doctors in training through the education journey.