GMC statement in response to the UK Shape of Training report

GMC Statement

11 Aug 2017

Responding to the UK Shape of Training Steering Group’s report, Charlie Massey, Chief Executive of the General Medical Council, said:

‘We welcome the publication of the Shape of Training report and will look closely at its recommendations. We share the belief that medical education and training has to be responsive to the evolving and changing needs of patients and the profession.

‘To that end we are already working with doctors in training, medical royal colleges and others to make training more flexible while at the same time ensuring high standards are maintained.

‘The actions we set out earlier this year following our review of flexibility, including educational reforms we launched in May, support the vision outlined in this report. Importantly, they underline our commitment to ensuring that medical education and training equips doctors with the skills they require to meet the needs of patients both now and in the future.

‘We will work closely with the UK Medical Education Reference Group to ensure the ambitions in the Shape of Training report are reflected in our ongoing work to review curricula with colleges and faculties.

‘In addition, we are currently working with the Royal College of Surgeons of England to pilot credentialing in cosmetic surgery. That pilot, and the recommendations in this report, will help inform how we shape our future work in this important area. In doing so, we will work with the four UK nations and other key stakeholders.’

A copy of the UK Shape of Training Steering Group report can be read here.


Notes to editors

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  • We decide which doctors are qualified to work here and we oversee UK medical education and training.
  • We set the standards that doctors need to follow, and make sure that they continue to meet these standards throughout their careers.
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