Driving high-quality training and support for registrars

The Federation of the Royal Colleges of Physicians of the UK is pleased to announce the launch of a new set of quality criteria for general internal medicine (GIM) and acute internal medicine (AIM) registrars, to be implemented from 1 August 2018.

These new criteria build on the learning and success of quality criteria for core medical training in 2015. They have been designed to help address many of the difficulties faced by registrars in relation to three key areas:

  1. providing safe and effective care
  2. having a supportive working environment
  3. receiving a better educational experience.

Heavy service demands across the country have led to a loss of educational opportunities and have encroached on supervisor time for providing feedback to help trainees develop the capability and confidence required to perform in their demanding roles. These criteria have been developed to support the experience of doctors and outline how they can be better assisted and supported to empower them to better learn and perform the job at the highest standard possible for patients.

These new criteria focus on vital areas such as consultant contact, clinical supervision, infrastructure to support patient flow, procedures training and protected learning time. There is an emphasis on enhancing support available both from close work colleagues, such as consultants and ward staff, and critically from the wider hospital environment.

The Joint Royal Colleges of Physicians Training Board (JRCPTB) will progress this initiative from 2018 onwards, on behalf of the Federation, in partnership with its major stakeholders in the postgraduate training system and wider NHS.

Professor David Black, medical director of the JRCPTB, said:

We hope our new criteria, along with the other national initiatives being developed by some of our partners, will collectively result in increased engagement and improvement in the experience of general and acute internal medicine roles, which are essential to the immediate and longer-term provision of safe and effective patient care.

It is envisaged that all organisations and individuals responsible for delivering UK postgraduate medical education and training will begin to implement these criteria from 1 August 2018 and the JRCPTB will monitor their adoption and success. Questions have been included in the GMC national training survey so that the criteria can be properly measured and reported on a national scale.

The quality criteria will also help to support the implementation of the new internal medicine curriculum from 2019.

Notes to editors

For more information please contact Gareth Bland, head of Federation communications: gareth.bland@jrcptb.org.uk.

About the Federation

The Federation of the Royal Colleges of Physicians, based in the UK and with international reach, is a partnership between:

  • Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh
  • Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow
  • Royal College of Physicians of London.

Collectively, the colleges represent more than 50,000 physicians worldwide. For physicians in the UK and globally, the colleges provide an invaluable professional network, opportunities to share best practice and ongoing educational opportunities.

In June 2017, the presidents of the three colleges signed a letter of intent to confirm their commitment to establish a new joint venture to build on the existing relationships that have developed through the Federation. This will continue to develop and deliver our services to support doctors at every stage of their careers, which include:

  • continuing professional development (CPD)
  • examinations (Membership of the Royal Colleges of Physicians of the UK – MRCP(UK))
  • training (Joint Royal Colleges of Physicians Training Board - JRCPTB)

About the JRCPTB

The JRCPTB is responsible for setting and maintaining standards for the highest-quality physician training, including the development and implementation of curricula for physicians throughout their training. There are currently 10,000 doctors training in specialties in the UK. Specialty advisory committees contribute to the development of training policies for medical specialties and sub-specialties in a number of key areas:

  • providing advice on all training matters pertaining to that particular specialty
  • working with specialist societies and others to determine the capabilities of specialties in the future
  • developing curricula
  • developing methods of performance assessment and criteria
  • contributing to the quality management of specialty training including the production of the annual specialty report (ASR) for the GMC
  • assessing trainees in areas of performance and knowledge attainment
  • acting as advocates for trainee physicians in medicine, monitoring and quality controlling their training and making recommendations to the GMC for the award of a certificate of completion of training (CCT)
  • evaluating certificate of eligibility for specialist registration (CESR) applications for direct entry to the specialty register as required by the GMC.