New guidance for flexibility in postgraduate training

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New guidance has been published to detail how doctors in training who wish to train in another specialty can receive recognition towards the Certificate of Completion of Training (CCT).

The Academy of Medical Royal Colleges new guidance called, Guidance for flexibility in postgraduate training and changing specialties also suggests how flexibility in training could work in practice for doctors in training who wish to take time out of training and also how this might work in the future for doctors not in training, who wish to join or return to training programmes.

The Academy of Medical Royal Colleges was commissioned by the General Medical Council (GMC) to carry out this review of flexibility within postgraduate medical education as one of the next steps described in their report Adapting for the Future (2017). The report was a response to the issues raised following the Junior Doctors’ industrial action against the new contract in England in 2016. It was apparent that there were a number of priorities that needed to be addressed to enhance the quality of training, including a greater emphasis and better balance between training and service provision with more focused supervision.

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