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Introduction from the CEO

I am pleased to introduce the Medical Council’s strategic plan for 2014-2018. This plan sets out the direction for the Council over the next five years. Annual business plans will guide the implementation of the strategy and performance indicators will measure its success.


The development of this strategy was a truly collaborative process, with the views of approximately 1,000 members of the public, 700 doctors, and over 40 partner organisations informing Council’s decision making.  Collaboration and engagement with the public, the profession and the wider sector is a strategic priority over the next five years. We are conscious that good professional practice is enabled by a supportive working environment, and we are committed to working with employers and policy makers to enhance medical manpower planning and to foster a culture of lifelong learning for doctors throughout the health system.


This strategy outlines six key objectives to be addressed over the next five years and will be underpinned by five values, which are core to how we work. As an organisation, we set high standards for ourselves and for the doctors and organisations we regulate. It’s important that it is clear to all of our partners that we are operating in line with best practice in all areas of our work. The scope of our remit is broad, encompassing the full continuum of a doctor’s practice, from the moment they enter medical school until the day they retire from practice. Given this, we must deliver a measurable impact with limited resources and be focused on utilising our resources to best effect. 


I would like to thank the members of the Strategy Working Group, Council and staff for their work in the development of this strategic plan. The collective insights provided throughout the strategy development process have supported the creation of six ambitious objectives which provide us with a clear roadmap for the next five years. We look forward to working together with patients, doctors and our partner organisations to realise our vision and work to the benefit of patient safety and public protection in Ireland. 


Ms Caroline Spillane
Chief Executive

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