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Medical Education changing Shape


NES has welcomed a major UK report which signals future changes in the way medical doctors are trained. 

The reforms will ensure training keeps pace with advances in technology, changing models of care and the needs of an ageing population. 

All four UK nations have endorsed the conclusions of the UK Shape of Training Steering Group which assessed the recommendations made by Sir David Greenaway’s review of medical education & training in the UK. 

Professor Stewart Irvine, Medical Director of NHS Education for Scotland said:

"We welcome this report from the UK Shape of Training Steering Group (UKSTSG). 

"Education and training are the foundations of high quality and safe patient care for the next 30 years. While Scotland has an excellent record on medical training, this report makes clear that we need to continually evolve - to meet the changing needs of the population, the increasing demands faced by the health and service and to support new approaches to the delivery of care. 

“Above all medical education and training must meet the needs of patients, and increasingly must meet these needs in the communities where they live. The recommendations set out in this report provide a framework to ensure that it can continue to do so, providing welcome flexibility  that will allow elements of medical education and training to respond to local strategic plans and patient needs across the UK. 

“It is widely accepted that more flexibility is required within current training pathways, and these proposals for evolutionary change closely align with those outlined in the GMC’s recent review of “flexibility in training”. 

"We look forward to working with the Scottish Government, the GMC and stakeholders across Scotland and the UK to take forward the recommendations within the Review."

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