The General Medical Council has published plans for standardised postgraduate medical training.
It is intended that this new approach will help bring down barriers between specialties by training all doctors in a more flexible and generalist manner.
Postgraduate medical curricula should focus more on the ‘generic’ aspects of training common to all doctors, according to the GMC.
And the authoritative organisation has outlined its view on the profession in its newly published ‘Excellence by Design’ report.
The new changes will see medical colleges instructed to identify aspects of training similar to other specialties.
This will include the Royal College of General Practitioners, and is intended to ensure that standardisation can be achieved across specialties.
The General Medical Council indicated that colleges must ensure that all 103 existing postgraduate medical curricula are updated in order to meet the requirements outlined in the document by the end of the decade.
And the new generic professional capabilities framework can be considered integral to the new requirements.
This has been designed to ensure that each discipline can progress as much as possible towards a common curriculum in the foreseeable future.
There is “a clear need” to develop a more consistent approach “that embeds common generic outcomes and content across all postgraduate medical curricula”, according to the report.
Commenting on the publication of the report, the GMC chief executive Charlie Massey indicated his belief that the standard published will be hugely beneficial for the GP profession.
“The standards we are publishing today will support greater flexibility in postgraduate training. They will give doctors more freedom and choice as their interests in medicine develop, while at the same time meeting the changing patterns in the health needs of patients, ensuring they receive high quality care.”
Massey further suggested that cooperation from the authorities is required if the GMC is to achieve its ultimate goals.
“We want to deliver a reformed and reinvigorated system of postgraduate training. We recognise that to do that in full we need the UK government to make the law less restrictive, so that we can be more agile in approving training.”
And the chief executive also outlined the process that the General Medical Council would be conducting in the immediate future.
“We will ask them to address that, and in the meantime we will continue to work with medical colleges and faculties, the four governments across the UK, and other bodies involved in medical education, to deliver a system that will benefit patients as well as doctors.”
Massey was appointed Chief Executive of the General Medical Council back in July 2016.