The Federation of the Royal Colleges of Physicians of the UK is pleased to announce the launch of a new set of quality criteria for General Internal Medicine (GIM) and Acute Internal Medicine (AIM) registrars, to be implemented from 1 August 2018. This builds on the learning and success of quality criteria for core medical training in 2015. These new criteria have been designed to help address many of the difficulties faced by registrars in relation to three key areas:
- providing safe and effective care,
- having a supportive working environment
- and receiving a better educational experience.
Heavy service demands across the country have led to a loss of educational opportunities and have encroached on supervisor time for providing feedback to help trainees develop the capability and confidence required to perform in their demanding roles. These criteria have now been developed to support the experience of doctors and outline how they can be better assisted and supported to empower them to better learn and perform the job at the highest standard possible for patients.
These new criteria focus on vital areas such as consultant contact, clinical supervision, infrastructure to support patient flow, procedures training and protected learning time. There is an emphasis on enhancing support available both from close work colleagues, such as consultants and ward staff and critically from the wider hospital environment.
The JRCPTB will progress this initiative from 2018 onwards, on behalf of the Federation, in partnership with its major stakeholders in the postgraduate training system and wider NHS.
Professor David Black, Medical Director of JRCPTB said “We hope our new criteria, along with the other national initiatives being developed by some of our partners, will collectively result in increased engagement and improvement in the experience of General and Acute Internal Medicine roles, which are essential to the immediate and longer-term provision of safe and effective patient care.”
It is envisaged that all organisations and individuals responsible for delivering UK postgraduate medical education and training will begin to implement these criteria from 1 August 2018 and the JRCPTB will monitor their adoption and success going forward. Questions have been included in the the GMC national training survey so that the criteria can be properly measured and reported on a national scale.
The quality criteria will also help to support the implementation of the new Internal Medicine curriculum from 2019.
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