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The Medical Council quality assures medical education and training in Ireland in accordance with Part 10 of the Medical Practitioners Act 2007. Clinical training sites where intern and specialist training is delivered are required to meet standards set by the Medical Council, to ensure they are suitable for training. These sites, which include hospitals, clinics, GP practices, etc. where clinical training is provided, must be inspected by the Medical Council to assess if the standards are being met.

In preparation for the inspection of clinical training sites, Council defined the criteria which must be met by training sites. These criteria form the basis of inspections of intern and specialist training sites by the Medical Council. The criteria formalise and clarify expectations of the Medical Council for training sites in key areas in the training of doctors, including:

  • Promotion of professionalism
  • Personal supports
  • Educational governance 
  • Supervisory arrangements 
  • Learning resources

The Medical Council has adopted a regional approach clinical training site inspections*. The regional approach was developed around the seven HSE Hospital Groups which have overarching responsibility for upholding Medical Council standards of medical education and training in their clinical training sites. The Medical Council may also decide to visit other non-Hospital Group clinical training sites located in the same geographical region during a regional visit.

The Medical Council’s schedule of inspection visits to each Hospital Group and geographical region was informed by data obtained from the annual ‘Your Training Counts’ survey (2014 and 2015) and will take place over a four-year period. The full schedule can be viewed here.

The accreditation process map provides an overview of the keys steps involved:

clinical sites graph

Inspection reports will be published on our website from time to time. Once the entire schedule has been completed all reports will be available on our website.

Regional visits are timed to coincide with a visit to the Hospital Group’s academic partner, where the Medical Council conducts an accreditation of the undergraduate medical education and training programme(s) at the medical school. Information on the accreditation process for undergraduate medical education and training programmes is available here.

If you require any further information about the Regional Accreditation Visits please contact:
Chloe Ryder, Accreditation Executive, at educationandtraining@mcirl.ie

Find out more:

Part 10 MPA 2007
Intern training standards
Specialist Training Site Standards

*Occasionally intern training commences in a new site. The Medical Council must inspect that site before it can issue a Certificate of Experience to the intern(s) who trained there. This process is carried out separately to the Regional Visits.