The Joint Royal Colleges of Physicians Training Board (JRCPTB) have launched new quality criteria to enhance the educational experience of trainee doctors, drive up the quality of training environments and ultimately improve patient safety and experience.
The 2013 survey of trainees in core medical training found that heavy service demands were leading to a loss of training opportunities and a wide variability in the quality of supervision. Some trainees were even put off pursuing a career in the acute medical specialties by their experiences in CMT.
In response, the JRCPTB developed – from a broad consultation involving clinical educators, doctors in training and other key stakeholders – a set of quality criteria to apply to all UK-based CMT environments. The phrase ‘quality criteria’ was adopted to distinguish this educational venture from many other initiatives seeking to raise standards.
The criteria cover the structure of the programme, its delivery and flexibility, what supervision and other levels of support is available to trainees, and the standards of communications that should be met. Aside from ensuring that the CMT curriculum is covered systematically over the two year programme, the criteria also aim to help ensure trainees develop the required experience and confidence to perform the medical registrar role, which follows CMT.
Whilst the criteria are aspirational in nature, it is evident that many of them have already been implemented in various locations across the UK. The intention is to develop a culture of excellence in CMT, with all Trusts having at least met the specified ‘core’ criteria by the end of 2016.
Working in partnership
The JRCPTB will distribute and promote the criteria, under the umbrella of the Federation of the Royal Colleges of Physicians and in partnership with major stakeholders, in particular Health Education England, NHS Education Scotland, the Conference of Postgraduate Medical Deans of the United Kingdom (COPMeD).