RCPCH responds to General Medical Council’s report on training flexibility

The General Medical Council (GMC) have a published a report following a review of their training, as requested by the Secretary of State for Health, which sets out plans to provide trainees with more flexibility and patients with doctors who can care for multiple health conditions. The report sets out seven key points which are geared towards delivering more flexible training, including a restructure to outcomes-based training, and related specialties curricula. 

Responding to the GMC’s report ‘Adapting for the Future’ [PDF, 285KB], Dr David Evans, Vice President for Training and Assessment at the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, said:

“Flexibility in training, opportunities to transfer between and collaborate with other specialties and high level learning outcomes are key features of the GMC’s report and ones we absolutely agree with.

“It’s also good to see that the GMC requirements are to structure training around professional capabilities; meaning trainees will be able to progress based on their capability, rather than time spent training. 21.7% of paediatric speciality trainees are less than full-time, so this approach and the accompanying flexibility is crucial.

“However, there are some clear gaps. We want to see further guidance in supporting trainees with health and disability needs; currently the curriculum does not afford much flexibility. There have been occasions when good doctors have been unable to progress as they couldn’t meet very specific curricular requirements, despite having excellent skills and talents which would be valued by patients.

“The RCPCH is in the final stages of its curriculum review. Before we submit the curriculum for approval in July 2017 we look forward to the publication of new GMC standards for postgraduate curricula and the new approvals process. We are also reviewing the paediatric speciality training model to include integrated care, mental health and public health as well as working with the Royal College of GPs to identify common components of training. Improving the health and healthcare of infants, children and young people involves a wide range of healthcare professionals. The RCPCH has always taken the view that supporting trainees both in and out of paediatrics is vital and we welcome any developments that encourage every trainee to gain experience in child health so that we can all provide the very best care for children.”