The Royal College of Physicians' (RCP's) submission to the General Medical Council's (GMC’s) consultation on the Medical Licensing Assessment (MLA) calls for the GMC to use this opportunity to ensure communication skills and culturally appropriate practice (sensitivity, delivery, empathy, and person-centred care) are embedded in the assessment.
These are important skills that doctors must rely on throughout their careers and it is important that they are embedded in doctors' training. The MLA may also provide an opportunity to improve standards in training for undergraduates, especially defining competencies for subjects like pharmacology and pathology.
The RCP supports the principle behind the introduction of the MLA and welcomes the GMC’s mission to enhance patient safety through greater consistency. The RCP supports the introduction of an MLA as long as it delivers on the primary purpose of ensuring that doctors entering the NHS are safe and fit to practise through the demonstration of core knowledge, clinical skills and professionalism.
The RCP would also welcome greater clarity in the following areas:
For more information please contact Adam Reid, RCP public affairs manager: firstname.lastname@example.org.