NHS Employers welcomes announcement from the Shape of Training Steering Group

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19 / 2 / 2015 2.51pm

NHS Employers has welcomed the UK Shape of Training Steering Group (STSG) announcement giving approval for further development activity in adapting medical training to meet future patient needs. 

Professor Greenaway’s Shape of Training review was published in October 2013. This announcement signals a clear intent to progress the reports recommendations. Some of the key messages from the announcement include:

  • aspects of current training which are fit for purpose, should remain
  • changes to medical training or curricula must be approved by the General Medical Council (GMC)
  • the STSG should expand membership to include employers, patients, the British Medical Association (BMA), doctors in training and the chairs for each countries groups
  • further work undertaken to explore how training can be more generic to suit patient needs
  • measures to better prepare doctors working between primary, secondary and community care and training flexibility.

Bill McMillan, Assistant Director of Medical Pay and Workforce at NHS Employers said: "The Shape of Training recommendations echo what employers have been suggesting for many years and we're glad to see this work is progressing, and that the steering group has identified the need for employer engagement going forwards."

The STSG (of which NHS Employers is also a member) was convened to discuss the future of medical training. Six stakeholder workshops were held in 2014 to explore how recommendations might work in practice. Further developmental activity has now been approved by UK Health Ministers, and this will be overseen by the STSG in a planned way to ensure consistency and stakeholder engagement.

Read the full announcement on the  Shape of Training website .  See our medical workforce web pages for further information on the Shape of Training review and the final summary report.

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