Medical Students: Professional Values and Fitness to Practice – Consultation

General Medical Council, August 2015

The General Medical Council and Medical Schools Council have launched a joint consultation on guidelines to help medical students develop into competent and compassionate doctors that meet the expectations of patients and the public.  Two pieces of guidance will replace the current Medical students: professional values and fitness to practise (2009).  These will be available in spring 2016 and expected to be implemented in medical schools from September 2016.

The consultation closes on 11 November 2015.

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Standards for medical education and training – consultation on draft standards

General Medical Council, 28 January 2015

The GMC has launched a consultation on new standards which, for the first time, will create a single set of standards for organisations delivering medical education and training across the UK. The standards will bring together the medical education and training received by all doctors and is designed to make sure that fairness and patients’ safety, experience and quality of care lie at the core of teaching and training. The standards set out how organisations must promote and encourage a learning environment and culture that allows learners and trainers to raise concerns about patient safety, and the standard of training, without fear of adverse consequences.

The consultation closes on 24 March 2015. The new standards will update current GMC guidance in Tomorrows Doctors and The Trainee Doctor.

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Consultation on Updates to the Risk Assessment Framework

Monitor, 16 December 2014

This consultation seeks views on Monitor’s approach to making sure NHS foundation trusts are well run and can continue to provide good quality services for patients. After considering the feedback Monitor will update and publish a revised ‘Risk assessment framework’ in March 2015. The changes will take effect from 1 April 2015.

The consultation closes on 18 February 2015.

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Language controls for nurses, midwives, dentists, dental care professionals, pharmacists and pharmacy technicians

Department of Health, November 2014

The Department of Health has launched a consultation seeking views on changes to allow professional regulatory bodies to impose language controls on nursing, dental and pharmacy professionals.

The 4 UK Health Departments (England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland) want to amend legislation to protect patients from risk associated with the poor English language skills of a minority of health care professionals.

The law currently allows language checks on overseas non-European applicants and on doctors from the European economic area.

Proposed changes will allow the Nursing and Midwifery Council, General Dental Council, General Pharmaceutical Council and Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland to put in place systems for carrying out proportionate language controls on European applicants and for taking fitness to practise action where there are concerns about the English language skills of professionals who are already in practice. The changes will apply to nurses, midwives, dentists, dental care professionals, pharmacists and pharmacy technicians.

The consultation closes on 15 December 2014.

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Draft revised statutory guidance to implement the strategy for adults with autism in England: consultation document

Department of Health, November 2014

The Department of Health are seeking views on draft statutory guidance for local authorities and NHS organisations. This is to support the implementation of Think Autism which is the update to the 2010 adult autism strategy.  The updates to the existing guidance are in line with the progress made since 2010 and changes in recent legislation.

The consultation looks at:

  • staff training
  • identification and diagnosis of autism in adults
  • planning of services move from being children to adults
  • local planning and leadership
  • preventative support and safeguarding
  • reasonable adjustments
  • supporting people with complex needs
  • employment for adults with autism
  • working with the Criminal Justice system

The consultation closes on 19 December 2014.

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Doctors, nurses and midwives being open and honest when things go wrong

General Medical Council, November 2014

The General Medical Council (GMC) and Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) have launched a consultation on new joint guidance to help doctors, nurses and midwives comply with their professional duty to be open and honest with people in their care when things go wrong.

The proposals cover the need to learn from ‘near misses’ as well as when something goes wrong and a patient is harmed. There is also advice on apologising to patients and those close to them.

The draft guidance (pdf) also calls on clinical leaders and employers to support doctors, nurses and midwives by creating cultures in the work place that are open and honest, and where people learn from mistakes so that future patients are protected from harm.

The consultation closes on 5th January 2015.

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