The GMC’s recommendation to align doctors’ development with organisational objectives are good for the NHS and patients

Dean Royles

15 / 4 / 2013 Midday

Dean Royles says it is great to see CPD report highlighting importance of continuing professional development of existing workforce.

The NHS Employers organisation responds to the report published today called ‘A study to assess the impact of continuing professional development (CPD) on doctors’ performance and patient/service outcomes for the GMC’, which was commissioned by the General Medical Council. 

Dean Royles, chief executive of the NHS Employers organisation, said:

“There has been a lot of focus in the press on the training and education of the future NHS workforce, so it's great to see a report that highlights the importance of the continuing professional development of the existing workforce.

“For too long doctors have seen CPD as being self-determined so I really welcome recommendations that highlight that it should be integrated with appraisal, linked to personal development plans and, importantly, aligned with organisational objectives. Doctors’ time is precious and every hour spent on CPD must be directed in the best interests of patient care.

“We welcome the GMC’s commitment to work with NHS Employers to make sure CPD is more effective for patients, employers and doctors, in the future.”

For more information and a link to the full GMC report click here.

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