NHS Employers responds to the final Shape of Training Review report

GP writing

29 / 10 / 2013 Midnight

NHS Employers welcomes the focus on patients' needs and expecations in the final report from Professor David Greenaway’s Shape of Training Review.

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

“This is an important report that places a welcome emphasis on patient needs and expectations. Doctors in the NHS do a fantastic job, however the way in which we train our doctors of the future needs to change. I welcome more employer engagement in this.

“Employers generally favour the proposed move to a more broad based training system. Medical careers and consequently pay and terms and conditions will need to change to reflect this, as will the way doctors' careers progress - and this is timely given the negotiations taking place with doctors on terms and conditions.

“It is right that broad specialty areas be defined on patient themes rather than professional specialties. We absolutely agree that there must be more and better patient and employer involvement in curricula, assessment and progression arrangements. Linking training progression to competence achieved, and not driven by time alone, makes sense and poses challenges in its own right. However we must also consider how we can best link such progression with pay.

“Our current doctor contract negotiations – the first in ten years – are absolutely focused on facilitating change in the way doctors work, always with a focus on the benefits to patient care. Professor Greenaway’s report will be an important factor in how these negotiations move forward.

“The NHS Employers organisation looks forward to participating in any further work taking forward these recommendations.”

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