GMC responds to DHSC flexible medical education announcement

Today the Department of Health and Social Care has announced they will be exploring how medical education can be made more flexible for other healthcare professionals in a post-Brexit environment.

Responding to the announcement, Charlie Massey, Chief Executive of the General Medical Council, said:

‘There is an opportunity to focus medical education more flexibly on the outcomes students should demonstrate in order to practise medicine, rather than the current ‘time-served’ approach. An approach looking at readiness to practise is at the heart of the GMC’s development of a Medical Licensing Assessment, a common threshold which doctors who wish to practise in the UK will need to meet from 2023.

‘While it is too early to say what a new approach would look like in practice, we want to explore that opportunity with medical schools, medical royal colleges, devolved administrations and others involved in delivering a sustainable workforce. We are absolutely clear that we will only support changes to medical education which meet and enhance the UK’s internationally renowned standards.’