GMC and AoMRC launch professional skills and capabilities consultation

A consultation aimed at making doctors better professionals, communicators and leaders has been launched by the General Medical Council (GMC) and the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges (AoMRC).

The consultation will seek views on a proposed framework for generic professional capabilities sought, including the outcomes that all doctors will have to demonstrate by the end of their postgraduate specialty training.

The framework clarifies the core knowledge, skills and behaviours which doctors need and which are common across all medical specialties, such as effective communication, team-working and patient-centred decision-making.

These and other key capabilities described in the framework are essential for safe, high-quality clinical care and will support doctors’ development as high performing, compassionate and caring professionals.

“UK trained doctors are valued and recognised across the world for their technical expertise”, said Niall Dickson, Chief Executive of the GMC. “But alongside this it is vital that every senior doctor has the personal and professional insights and capabilities to deliver, lead and manage high-quality care in complex teams, often in stressful environments or rapidly changing clinical circumstances.

“Patients rightly expect doctors to be good team players, have situational awareness and where necessary to provide effective leadership – they also expect their doctors to be professional, principled and expert communicators.

‘There is evidence that an awareness of human factors and associated generic professional capabilities improve professional practice. By acknowledging, encouraging and embedding the development of these high level professional insights, skills and capabilities into medical training, there is an expectation that we can promote and enable a higher and more consistent level of care for patients. Clinical skills are absolutely vital – they are necessary but on their own not sufficient to guarantee excellent care for patients.”

The GMC/AoMRC consultation is due to run until 22 September 2015.

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