The General Medical Council (GMC) have published their seventh annual report into the state of medical education and practice in the UK. The report analyses data on the medical workforce across the UK and considers that a ‘crunch point’ has been reached in the development of the UK’s medical workforce. The report sets out four key priorities for workforce planning and how the GMC will work to support them in the years to come: maintaining a healthy supply of good doctors into UK practice; helping the UK medical profession to evolve to meet the future needs of patients and healthcare; reducing the pressure and burden on doctors wherever possible; and improving the culture of the workplace, making employment and training more supportive and flexible.
The Scottish Deanery newsletter for Autumn 2017 has been issued. There’s features on the Scottish Medical Education Research Consortium; the integration of Human Factors into healthcare practice and education; the introduction of Broad Based Training for foundation doctors, the Scottish Clinical leadership Fellowship programme and the General Medical Council Differential Attainment Pilot.
The four UK nations have endorsed the conclusions of the UK Shape of Training Steering Group on medical education and training in the UK. The steering group were considering the recommendations made in Sir David Greenaway’s review of medical education and training. The recommendations relate to changes in the medical curricula, training pathways and credentialing of education and training that should be developed by the Medical Royal Colleges and the General Medical Council. The report of the group and annexes informing the recommendations are available.
The Scottish Government are promoting the international medical training fellowships scheme. The scheme has been in operation since 2015 and aims to encourage doctors from overseas to train and work in NHS Scotland. The Health Secretary has recently written to health boards encouraging them to take part in the fellowship scheme.
The Scottish Government have announced that an optional grant of £4k per year (for up to four years) will be available to medical students on the new graduate entry medical course. A condition of the grant is that the student has to agree to work in NHS Scotland for a period of one year for each grant claimed.
The graduate entry medical course (ScotGEM) is open to graduates of other disciplines who want to study medicine.
The Scottish Government have announced that applications for Scotland’s first graduate-level medicine courses will open in September 2017. The four year courses will offer existing graduates from any discipline a route into medicine. The four-year course will have 40 places available and is being delivered by the medical schools at the universities of St Andrews and Dundee, in collaboration with the University of the Highlands and Islands.
The NHS Education for Scotland (NES) Postgraduate Medical Education & Training Annual Report 2017 has been published. The report includes statistics on training carried out throughout the year in different specialties, how NES have met the different training standards and an overview of medical training provision. Case studies and future plans are outlined for each section.