Review of decision-making in the General Medical Council’s Fitness to Practise procedures: Final Report – December 2014, released March 2015 by the General Medical Council

Posted on March 18, 2015. Filed under: Medicine | Tags: , |

Review of decision-making in the General Medical Council’s Fitness to Practise procedures: Final Report – December 2014, released March 2015 by the General Medical Council

New research finds that GMC decisions are fair to doctors under investigation – GMC – 13 March 2015

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Standards for medical education and training – consultation on draft standards – General Medical Council [UK] – 28 January 2015

Posted on January 30, 2015. Filed under: Educ for Hlth Professions, Medicine | Tags: , |

Standards for medical education and training – consultation on draft standards – General Medical Council [UK] – 28 January 2015

“This consultation from 28 January to 24 March 2015 is on new standards for undergraduate and postgraduate medical education and training.”

Media release: New standards put patient safety at the heart of medical education and training

Consultation document: Standards for medical education and training: a public consultation on our draft standards

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The state of medical education and practice 2014 – General Medical Council [UK] – 8 October 2014

Posted on October 24, 2014. Filed under: Educ for Hlth Professions, Medicine | Tags: |

The state of medical education and practice 2014 – General Medical Council [UK] – 8 October 2014

Press release: Face of UK medicine is changing, says GMC

Executive Summary

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Understanding the rise in Fitness to Practise complaints from members of the public – Plymouth University – 2014

Posted on July 22, 2014. Filed under: Medicine | Tags: , , |

Understanding the rise in Fitness to Practise complaints from members of the public – Plymouth University – 2014

Why have more people complained to the General Medical Council about their doctor? – 21 July 2014

“Enquiries made by the general public to the General Medical Council about doctors’ fitness to practise rose from 5,168 in 2007 to 10,347 in 2012.

In a bid to understand this increase, the GMC commissioned a research team from the Collaboration for the Advancement of Medical Education, Research and Assessment (CAMERA) at Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry to investigate the issues and produce a report.

The report – “Understanding the Rise in Fitness to Practise Complaints from Members of the General Public” – is published today, 21 July 2014

An increase in complaints has been seen across the UK, which suggests wider social trends rather than localised issues. A large number of complaints did not progress because the issues raised could not be identified, which suggests that the GMC is receiving complaints outside its remit. According to the report, this points towards problems with the wider complaint-handling system and culture.

While the report does not point to any specific causes for the increase in complaints, it does clearly identify a number of trends which have contributed to an environment in which the public are more prone to making complaints about their doctors.”

… continues on the site

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Better care for older people – General Medical Council [UK] – 9 July 2014

Posted on July 11, 2014. Filed under: Aged Care / Geriatrics | Tags: , |

Better care for older people – General Medical Council [UK] – 9 July 2014

The GMC has launched a new online resource to support doctors in their day-to-day care of older patients.

It has worked closely with partner organisations, including the British Geriatrics Society and Age UK, to create Better care for older people. The resource gives practical advice, including from leading clinicians, on how to put older patients first and use GMC guidance to handle their clinical, emotional and psychological needs.

At the core of the resource is a series of videos featuring interviews with older patients. Their experiences of dealing with doctors, from feeling that they have been pushed aside because of their age to the importance of seeing the same doctor, helps put the GMC’s guidance into context and is a strong reminder of the importance of placing the patient at the centre of care.

The resource also contains a mixture of guidance, case studies, scenarios, articles and tips to prepare doctors for caring for the growing number of older patients.”

… continues on the site

 

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Doctors in training say overall satisfaction high but concerns remain – General Medical Council [UK] – 23 June 2014

Posted on June 26, 2014. Filed under: Educ for Hlth Professions, Medicine | Tags: |

Doctors in training say overall satisfaction high but concerns remain – General Medical Council [UK] – 23 June 2014

“Doctors in training, who provide much of the NHS’s frontline care, are generally satisfied with the support and education they receive, according to a major survey by the General Medical Council (GMC).

Overall satisfaction remains high, particularly in general practice and anaesthetics training, but there are still concerns where trainees feel problems at a local level have not improved after three years.

For the first time, the survey’s ‘reporting tool’ allows comparison of results over the last three years. This paints a richer picture of how education providers act on the views of doctors in training to bring about improvements in the quality of education.

In October deaneries and Local Education and Training Boards (LETBs) will report back to the GMC on how they plan to address the concerns identified in the survey.

The survey, one of the biggest of its kind in the world, received the highest response rate since it began eight years ago. More than 98 per cent of the 54,000 UK doctors in training gave their views on their medical education.

The report also includes case studies that show how postgraduate deans, medical royal colleges and faculties, and local education providers have used the results to make positive changes to training, particularly in the areas of educational supervision and handover.”

… continues on the site

National Training Survey – GMC

 

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Fairness and the GMC: Doctors’ views – released 31 May 2014

Posted on June 3, 2014. Filed under: Medicine | Tags: , |

Fairness and the GMC: Doctors’ views – released 31 May 2014

GMC determined to put fairness front and centre

“The General Medical Council (GMC) must not only be fair, it must be seen to be fair, according to independent research published today.

The report by the research consultancy NatCen shows that, while the vast majority of doctors are confident in how the GMC carries out its role, more needs to be done to build trust among certain groups of doctors.

The research looked at how doctors practicing in the UK view the GMC, based on a sample of 3,500 medics, covering issues such as how the GMC registers doctors and how it investigates and takes action following complaints about doctors.”

… continues on the site

 

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Issues with revalidation and fitness to practise mar overall good performance by GMC – House of Commons Select Committee – Health – 2 April 2014

Posted on April 3, 2014. Filed under: Health Professions, Medicine | Tags: , |

Issues with revalidation and fitness to practise mar overall good performance by GMC – House of Commons Select Committee – Health – 2 April 2014

“The Health Committee’s annual review of the General Medical Council (GMC) has found that the GMC is making steady progress in protecting patients. The Committee’s report, which follows the regulator’s accountability hearing, warns, however, that more can be done to build confidence in the professional regulation of doctors.”

“The Committee found that:

The GMC’s fitness to practise successfully produce outcomes that protect patients from sub-standard doctors but failures to communicate the reasons for decisions and poor investigative practices have undermined a small number on investigations.
The system of ongoing revalidation of doctors has been launched smoothly but the Committee has serious concerns regarding the ability of responsible officers to oversee revalidation.
The Government’s legislative programme is likely to further delay reforms that would allow the GMC to appeal fitness to practice tribunal decisions.”

2013 accountability hearing with the General Medical Council [UK] – Commons Health Committee – Health Report – 25 March 2014

 

 

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The state of medical education and practice in the UK – General Medical Council – 16 October 2013

Posted on October 18, 2013. Filed under: Educ for Hlth Professions, Medicine | Tags: |

The state of medical education and practice in the UK – General Medical Council – 16 October 2013

Media release: Patients unsure how to raise concerns about poor medical care – GMC report

Full text (pdf) of the report

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Guidance on CPD – General Medical Council [UK] – 15 April 2013

Posted on April 17, 2013. Filed under: Educ for Hlth Professions, Medicine | Tags: , , |

Guidance on CPD – General Medical Council [UK] – 15 April 2013

“This GMC guidance – Continuing professional development: guidance for all doctors has been developed in co-operation with doctors, medical Royal Colleges, employers, patients and the public, and follows widespread public consultation earlier this year.

We hope doctors will use it to reflect on how their learning and development improves the quality of care they provide to patients and for the service in which they work.

The guidance describes:

how doctors should plan, carry out and evaluate their CPD activities
the importance of taking account of the needs of patients and of the healthcare team when doctors consider their own learning needs
how doctors should reflect on the Good Medical Practice domains when evaluating their CPD needs
the relationship between CPD and revalidation
the use of appraisal, job planning and personal development plans in managing CPD and how to record CPD activities
the responsibilities of others, such as employers and Colleges, in supporting doctors’ CPD.”

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Assessing the impact of continuing professional development (CPD) on doctors’ performance and patient / service outcomes – General Medical Council [UK] – 15 April 2013

Posted on April 16, 2013. Filed under: Educ for Hlth Professions | Tags: |

Assessing the impact of continuing professional development (CPD) on doctors’ performance and patient / service outcomes – General Medical Council [UK] – 15 April 2013

“Synopsis

The introduction of revalidation has placed greater emphasis on doctors’ CPD activity as a requirement for demonstrating that doctors’ remain up to date and fit to practise throughout their careers.

To date, no significant work has considered how CPD impacts on the performance of doctors and therefore on patient or service improvements.

To help bridge this gap, the GMC commissioned the University of Sheffield, in collaboration with Capita Health, to undertake research into the impact of CPD, including the barriers to its effective uptake and implementation, as well as how these might be overcome.

Demonstrating the impact of a complex intervention such as CPD within a real world setting remains a significant challenge, and as such, the evidence of impact presented in this study typically draws on changes to perceptions and attitudes following each learning activity.”

… continues on the site

Final report
Assessing the Impact of CPD (full report) (pdf)

Case studies
Assessing the Impact of CPD (case studies) (pdf)

 

 

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Good medical practice (2013) – General Medical Council [UK] – 25 March 2013

Posted on March 26, 2013. Filed under: Medicine | Tags: |

Good medical practice (2013) – General Medical Council [UK] – 25 March 2013

“The updated edition of Good medical practice, our core guidance for doctors, is published today.

Good medical practice sets out the high level principles of good practice expected of all doctors. Alongside it, we are publishing explanatory guidance which provide more detail on various topics that doctors and others ask us about. This includes new guidance on doctors’ use of social media.”

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Effective governance to support medical revalidation – General Medical Council [UK] – 1 March 2013

Posted on March 5, 2013. Filed under: Clin Governance / Risk Mgmt / Quality, Medicine, Patient Safety, Workforce | Tags: , , , , |

Effective governance to support medical revalidation – General Medical Council [UK] – 1 March 2013

A new guide to help Boards check their organisations are placing quality and safety at the heart of their services for patients is published today.

‘Effective governance to support medical revalidation’ is a handbook for Boards and governing bodies to help them assess if their organisations have strong enough systems in place to support quality patient care and revalidation.

The General Medical Council (GMC) developed the handbook in partnership with England’s Care Quality Commission, Monitor, Healthcare Improvement Scotland, Healthcare Inspectorate Wales, Northern Ireland’s Regulation and Quality Improvement Authority as well as the Government Procurement Service.

Revalidation – which this handbook is designed to support – is a new system of checks on doctors and was launched by the GMC in December 2012 to provide patients with greater confidence that UK doctors are keeping up to date and fit to practise.

Doctors need access to a regular appraisal focusing on the GMC’s professional standards and their organisation’s clinical governance systems to complete their revalidation. Organisations need these same systems to be working effectively to deliver safe and high quality care to patients.”

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Guidance relating to assisting suicide – General Medical Council [UK] – 31 January 2013

Posted on February 5, 2013. Filed under: Palliative Care | Tags: , |

Guidance relating to assisting suicide – General Medical Council [UK] – 31 January 2013

“The General Medical Council has published new guidance for:

  • the Investigation Committee and case examiners (decision-makers) to use when they are considering allegations about a doctor’s fitness to practise that relate to encouraging or assisting suicide
  • doctors to use when a patient seeks advice about ending their lives

Both pieces of guidance come into effect today.”

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The state of medical education and practice in the UK report: 2012 – General Medical Council

Posted on September 21, 2012. Filed under: Educ for Hlth Professions, Medicine | Tags: |

The state of medical education and practice in the UK report: 2012 – General Medical Council

“This is our second annual report on the state of medical education and practice in the UK.

It sets out much of what we know about the medical profession and the challenges it faces, drawing on our own data and, where appropriate, data from other sources.

Our aim in publishing this is to promote discussion and debate on issues and trends that require attention or further analysis, to improve standards of medical practice.

This year our report is accompanied by an online data app, which allows you to conduct your own analysis on some of the data from the report.”

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Continuing professional development: guidance for all doctors – General Medical Council [UK] – 18 June 2012

Posted on June 19, 2012. Filed under: Educ for Hlth Professions, Health Professions, Medicine, Workforce | Tags: , , |

Continuing professional development: guidance for all doctors – General Medical Council [UK] – 18 June 2012

“This GMC guidance – Continuing professional development: guidance for all doctors (pdf) has been developed in co-operation with doctors, medical Royal Colleges, employers, patients and the public, and follows widespread public consultation earlier this year.

We hope doctors will use it to reflect on how their learning and development improves the quality of care they provide to patients and for the service in which they work.

The guidance describes:

how doctors should plan, carry out and evaluate their CPD activities
the importance of taking account of the needs of patients and of the healthcare team when doctors consider their own learning needs
how doctors should reflect on the Good Medical Practice domains when evaluating their CPD needs
the relationship between CPD and revalidation
the use of appraisal, job planning and personal development plans in managing CPD and how to record CPD activities
the responsibilities of others, such as employers and Colleges, in supporting doctors’ CPD.”

Press Release. New guidance to help doctors with lifelong learning

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Leadership and management for all doctors – General Medical Council [UK] – January 2012

Posted on February 3, 2012. Filed under: Health Mgmt Policy Planning, Medicine | Tags: |

Leadership and management for all doctors – General Medical Council [UK] – January 2012

“Leadership and management for all doctors (2012) sets out the wider management and leadership responsibilities of all doctors in the workplace, including:

responsibilities relating to employment issues
teaching and training
planning, using and managing resources
raising and acting on concerns
helping to develop and improve services.”

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Raising and acting on concerns about patient safety – General Medical Council [UK] – 26 January 2012

Posted on February 3, 2012. Filed under: Medicine, Patient Safety | Tags: |

Raising and acting on concerns about patient safety – General Medical Council [UK] – 26 January 2012

“All doctors have a duty to act when they believe patients’ safety is at risk, or that patients’ care or dignity is being compromised.

Raising and acting on concerns about patient safety (2012) sets out our expectation that all doctors will, whatever their role, take appropriate action to raise and act on concerns about patient care, dignity and safety.”

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Recognising and Approving Trainers: a consultation – General Medical Council [UK] – 6 January 2012

Posted on January 9, 2012. Filed under: Educ for Hlth Professions, Medicine | Tags: |

Recognising and Approving Trainers: a consultation – General Medical Council – 6 January 2012

Start: Jan 6, 2012 End: Mar 30, 2012 Results Published: Jun 30, 2012

“Consultation summary:
 
The General Medical Council (GMC) is proposing new arrangements for recognising and approving trainers and in particular:

a.  named educational supervisors
b.  named clinical supervisors
c.  lead coordinators of undergraduate training
d.  doctors responsible for overseeing students’ educational progress.

We will use our existing standards structured into seven areas. Local education providers such as hospitals and general practices would use the seven areas to show how they identify, train and appraise these trainers. Postgraduate deaneries and medical schools would then use that information to show the GMC what local arrangements are in place to meet our standards.

Why the consultation should matter to you”

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New guidance will help doctors make difficult judgments in the workplace – General Medical Council [UK] – 4 March 2011

Posted on March 18, 2011. Filed under: Medicine | Tags: |

New guidance will help doctors make difficult judgments in the workplace – General Medical Council [UK] – 4 March 2011

Press Release

“Doctors and patients are being asked what steps doctors should take when faced with a conflict between their management responsibilities and their duty to ensure patients receive good, safe care.

We want to hear as many views as possible about the factors doctors should consider when making difficult choices.

Niall Dickson, Chief Executive of the GMC
This is one of the questions asked in a consultation on the revised draft of the GMC’s guidance on workplace issues faced by doctors.

The GMC has suggested a number of updates to its guidance, including a duty for doctors to be open and honest with patients about how decisions are made about when resources are limited.

The consultation asks for views on a variety of issues including commissioning services, dealing with conflicts of interest, team-working and performance management. Another question asked is whether the proposed guidance sets out all of the factors that should be taken into account when decisions have to be made about competing demands for resources

Guidance on raising and acting on concerns about patient safety has also been brought together for the first time in this new draft. The consultation asks what more the GMC can do to encourage doctors to speak up about anything that compromises the safety of patients.”

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Treatment and care towards the end of life: good practice in decision making – General Medical Council [UK] – 20 May 2010

Posted on May 26, 2010. Filed under: Palliative Care | Tags: |

Treatment and care towards the end of life: good practice in decision making – General Medical Council [UK] – 20 May 2010

New guidance for doctors from the General Medical Council [UK]

Patients must be given the opportunity in advance to discuss what treatment and care they want towards the end of life, according to this guidance from the General Medical Council (GMC).

For the first time, the GMC has given doctors in the UK guidance on advance care planning for patients nearing the end of life, including how to manage advance requests and refusals of treatment. The guidance has been updated to reflect concern from patients that they would not receive the treatment and care they would want towards the end of life. It emphasises to doctors the importance of listening to patients and recording an advance care plan to help ensure that everyone involved in treating the patient can understand and follow their wishes.

Media release

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