First State of Physicianly Training report published to help drive improvement in postgraduate medical education

9 Nov 2017

The Federation of Royal Colleges of Physicians of the UK is pleased to announce the publication of the first State of Physicianly Training Report for the UK.

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The report is a development of an on-going process to try and improve postgraduate medical education and training in the UK and builds on previous published quality reports. It attempts to objectively review the current state of the quality of physicianly training provided within the UK.

Our aim has been to describe the current quality of training across the physicianly specialties and sub-specialties using six key quality datasets. This includes the GMC National Training Survey, ARCP and MRCP (UK) examination outcome data, New Consultant (Post CCT) survey/ Annual Census report, PYA and Monitoring visit reports.

This is the first report to examine multiple quality datasets by specialty and region and map these against the GMC themes and standards for postgraduate medical education and training. The main drive and focus of this report is to provide an evidence-based benchmark for future comparisons.

We hope and expect other stakeholders, partners and regulators such as the GMC to use this when progressing their own responsibilities for quality improvement. Meanwhile, the Federation will continue to undertake its own programme of work to measure and enhance the quality of training as documented in the report.

We hope this report, by enabling meaningful comparisons in the future, will help to drive up the quality of postgraduate education.

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