The state of medical education and practice in the UK

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The General Medical Council (GMC) has published its ninth annual report, The state of medical education and practice in the UK, which sets out some of the challenges and opportunities in sustaining the medical profession.

The report highlights some key changes in the workforce joining the health service, with a larger emphasis on work-life balance and career development.

Doctors continue to work in pressurised environments and the evidence shows that there are increased numbers of doctors taking years out of training, some choosing to work as locums or practise medicine abroad. The are also increasing numbers of doctors who are reducing their hours.

The report lists five areas that require action to ensure there is a sustainable workforce that meets demand and ongoing pressures:

  • increase the supply of doctors, with a particular focus on more generalists to support the high workloads in primary care
  • build greater flexibility in medical training and practice
  • better resourcing and planning of clinical leadership to shape workplace cultures and support the wellbeing of staff
  • more joined- up regulation across the UK’s health services
  • enable new models of care with greater multidisciplinary working.

The GMC and its partners across the UK are making increased flexibility, clinical leadership and smooth processes some of their key priorities for 2020.

To download a full copy of the report, visit the GMC website.


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