The Academy welcomes the Shape of Training review and recognises the need for postgraduate medical training continually to evolve to keep pace with the changing patterns of delivery of healthcare and the needs of patients. Training must deliver doctors fit for the purpose and service in which they will work.
The Academy supports a broad general training period at the beginning of all doctors’ careers, where experience must be gained in primary care and in emotional/mental health well-being as well as acute illness. There should be an emphasis on communication, team working and leadership capabilities. This should be followed by a period of specialisation, as appropriate for the different specialties, based on the requirements for the future healthcare needs of the nation.
The agreed Academy of Medical Royal Colleges response and Academy Trainee Doctors’ Group response are available to read and download.
We look forward to seeing the outcomes of the review and being involved in the future developments of this important piece of work, to ensure that we continue to train world class doctors who deliver excellent patient centred care.