Medical registrars in acute internal medicine (AIM) and general internal medicine (GIM) are responsible for providing care to patients on the unselected acute take service, particularly at night and on weekends.
Results of the 2016 GMC National Training Survey (NTS) highlighted that heavy service demand had led to a loss of training opportunities for these doctors, by impacting on the time available for supervisor feedback to help develop the competence and confidence to perform their duties.
Purpose of the quality criteria
In a move to counteract this, the Joint Royal College of Physicians Training Board (JRCPTB) has produced a set of quality criteria to support the roles of the GIM and AIM registrars.
The criteria reflect good practice across both the educational and service components of the post and will ultimately lead to reduced levels of burnout and improved levels of morale, job satisfaction and quality patient care.
The aim is that more doctors in training will be attracted to these challenging but potentially rewarding roles so that the NHS can continue to meet current and future demand.
We are working with the JRCPTB and key stakeholders to identify ways to enable employers to embed the criteria into GIM and AIM training posts, including rotas from 1 August 2018 in preparation for the implementation of the new IM stage 1 curriculum in August 2019.
Further information on the quality criteria can be found on the JRCPTB website.