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Scottish Medical Education standards “very high”

The standard of medical education in Scotland is “very high”, according to a comprehensive General Medical Council review.


The General Medical Council (GMC) review found several examples of “exceptional or innovative” good practice in Scotland. These include the NHS Education for Scotland (NES) digital strategy and the inter-professional leadership shown by the NES Executive team. NES also “deserve great credit for the support they provide to the [NHS] Boards and medical schools”.

The aim of the GMC review, published through 15 separate reports, was to identify the key challenges for medical education and training across the nation, by comparing the quality of training to GMC standards. It looked at the medical education and training across all five of Scotland’s medical schools and at a sample of eight of Scotland’s NHS Boards, as well as looking at the work of the NES Scotland Deanery.

Welcoming the reports, Professor Stewart Irvine, NES Medical Director and Deputy Chief Executive said:

“These reports paint a very positive picture of the state of medical education and training in Scotland.

“We are pleased that the GMC has noted areas of good practice where they have found exceptional or innovative examples of work or problem-solving related to their standards. They have drawn attention to the NES digital strategy, which works across different systems and disciplines to support learners and educators, and to the inter-professional educational leadership demonstrated by the NES Executive team.

“In addition, the GMC has identified 68 areas across all of the organisations visited where they felt that education and training was working well.

“Inevitably, there were areas where the GMC felt that more work needs to be done to ensure that their standards continue to be met – and NES looks forward to working with the GMC and with partners across Scotland to ensure that the areas of good practice are shared built upon, and the areas for concern are addressed. We particularly welcome the GMC’s judgement that the Deanery are aware of what is happening across Scotland and have robust systems in place for identifying and managing concerns over safety or quality.”

The General Medical Council helps to protect patients and improve medical education and practice in the UK by setting standards for students and doctors. The GMC support them in achieving and exceeding those standards, and take action when they are not met. Their news release is available here.


Reference: PR2018-011