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Strategic Objective Two

Create a supportive learning environment to enable good professional practice.

We will deliver measureable improvements in the quality of education, training and lifelong learning for doctors.

We aim to achieve this goal by:

1.   Defining and communicating what it means to be a good doctor

  • Publish guidance on good professional practice for doctors, which is in turn shared with the public, and support the development of good professional practice through access to high-quality undergraduate education, postgraduate training and lifelong learning.
  • Ensure learning outcomes are defined at each stage of professional development which reflect our framework of competencies applicable to all doctors; namely the Eight Domains of Good Professional Practice.
  • Drive consistency in student fitness to proceed by producing guidance for medical schools and monitoring implementation.

2.   Shaping high quality learning environments for doctors

  • Continue our programme of accreditation, building on our role at undergraduate level, while developing our newer role in postgraduate training. This will be grounded in an evidence based and targeted approach, including collating and responding to research on trainee views.
  • Continuous review of our accreditation standards incorporating international best practice to ensure our accreditation activity is of the highest standard and meets the changing needs of the medical profession.
  • Complement our education standards through publication of thematic guidelines to drive improvements in key aspects of the clinical learning environment.

3.   Enhancing lifelong learning and specialisation opportunities for doctors

  • Review professional competence system and implement recommendations for enhancement. This will include professional competence requirements to ensure a focus from doctors on review, including peer review, data and outcomes.
  • Evaluate the way medical specialties are recognised and make any necessary improvements based on this evaluation.

4.   Fostering good health among doctors

  • Publish guidance on health in practice, which is promoted through our role in education, training and lifelong learning. This will highlight the need for learning and training institutions to support student and trainee wellbeing.
  • Review our health procedures to ensure they facilitate an appropriate response for doctors with health concerns. Establish formal arrangements to allow us to work more closely with partner organisations.
  • Provide support to individual doctors through the Council’s Health Committee to assist them to pursue good practice.

What are the intended outcomes?

  • The medical profession and the public have clear direction on what it means to be a good doctor.
  • The quality of the system of medical education, training and lifelong learning is enhanced through accreditation, thematic reviews, and guidelines.
  • Our expectations of clinical sites as learning environments are articulated, communicated and applied.
  • A more targeted and effective approach to our system of maintenance of professional competence.
  • Guidance on health for good practice and better support for individual doctors where this is required.

How we will measure effectiveness

  • Revised and updated guidelines on good professional practice for doctors.
  • Regular reviews of doctors’ knowledge and attitudes to our guidance on good professional practice.
  • External validation of Medical Council standards and processes for accreditation in medical education.
  • A review of our current professional competence systems.
  • Regular monitoring of doctors’ experience of professional competence systems.
  • Monitoring of outcomes of Medical Council health procedures.

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