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GMC National Review of Scotland 2017


The GMC has now concluded the visit part of their national review of Scotland and we are very pleased to report an overall favourable outcome for the Scotland Deanery and for medical education as a whole in Scotland. As part of the review, the GMC visited the Deanery over the course of Monday 11th and Tuesday 12th December. Visits had already been undertaken to 8 NHS Boards and to all 5 Medical Schools in Scotland earlier in 2017.

The GMC has now communicated its initial findings with no serious concerns reported for the Scotland Deanery. Very encouragingly the GMC team noted that it found the following areas of the Deanery to be working well:

  1. The Scottish Foundation school team are working cohesively and effectively across Scotland providing support to individual doctors in training but maintaining a national approach
  2. The NES digital strategy which works across different systems and disciplines to support learners and educators
  3. Inter-professional educational leadership demonstrated by the NES Executive team.
  4. The involvement of a well trained group of lay representatives in quality management processes who feel valued and well supported
  5. The Scottish Dean’s Medical Education Group provides a forum for joint working between the Scottish medical schools and NES (fitness to practice is an example of this)
  6. The Performance Support Unit which is a good example of how processes from the four regions have been aligned into a single deanery
  7. The Training Programme Director role which is well supported and provides an important link between doctors in training and the central Deanery team 

Further to these and in the interests of improvement, the GMC considered that NES and the Deanery should:

  1. Continue efforts to help address workforce challenges across Scotland, especially to meet the needs of the remote and rural community
  2. Consider how best to collect and analyse data pertaining to the increasing number of clinical fellows and associated training grades across Scotland, to review their impact on doctors in training and their integration back into the training programmes
  3. Take the lead in establishing a Scotland-wide approach to identifying the levels of competence of learners

In the early part of 2018, each of the 14 organisations visited (NHS Boards, Medical Schools and NES / Deanery) will be receiving a formal written report, which is likely to include requirements and recommendations for further action.

In addition, the GMC will prepare a national (Scotland) overview report which it will share with key stakeholders at the Scottish Medical Education Conference in April 2018.