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As 2017 draws to a close, we reflect upon a highly productive year for the Medical Council. This year, among other accomplishments, we demonstrated our commitment to work with the profession, training bodies, stakeholders, other relevant organisations and the public to enhance patient safety. While it has been an exciting twelve months, we are looking forward to the challenges and opportunities that 2018 will bring.

After nearly five years, the current Council’s term will conclude in May 2018, with elections taking place in early 2018 to elect a new Council. Along with the election process for the new Council, early 2018 will see the publications of a number of research initiatives such as the Workforce Intelligence Report and the findings from the 2017 Your Training Counts Survey.

In late summer we launched the Annual Report 2016 alongside the Your Training Counts Report 2016. The Annual Report highlighted some key facts and figures around the current status of the Medical Register, showing almost 21,000 doctors are registered to work in Ireland, while the Your Training Counts report served as a retrospective of three years accumulated data from its introduction in 2014.

This year we made a conscious effort to further push survey participation rates through social media, as well as direct engagement opportunities with trainees across the country. With the completion of these surveys, we can help drive ongoing support and improvement in trainee experiences in Ireland, which would undoubtedly make a positive impact on the retention and satisfaction of doctors within the system. I would like to thank all those who were involved in creating, monitoring and promoting the survey this year. We look forward to seeing the results of the Your Training Counts 2017 survey next year.

The Medical Council also maintained its focus on enhancing patient safety through greater engagement with our stakeholders. We inspected four clinical training sites within the Saolta Hospital Group, and most recently conducted five regional inspection visits to the South/Southwest Hospital Group. Throughout the year, we hosted stands at various conferences and events, notably the Future Health Summit in May, the Medical Careers Day in September and the 2nd National Patient Safety Conference at Dublin Castle in October. We also fielded an information stand at University Hospital Galway, and I presented at several Grand Round sessions around the country. In addition, I recently penned an article for Eolas magazine, explaining our role in Ireland’s medical health care system. This feature can be accessed here.

Going forward, 2018 promises to be an exciting and fruitful year ahead for us here in the Medical Council. We will approach it as we always do, with enthusiasm and determination in improving on our efforts to ensure a better service in the best interests of the public.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank both the current Council and our staff for all their hard work and continuous dedication during the course of the year. On behalf of the Council and all the staff in the Medical Council, we wish all doctors and our stakeholder’s happy holidays and a happy New Year.