The Academy welcomes and supports the GMC’s action plan to implement the recommendations in Sir Keith Pearson’s report – ‘Taking Revalidation Forward’ – published earlier this year. We are committed to working with the GMC and have contributed to the discussions about how to take forward the proposals set out in their plan.
In particular, we will work with individual Colleges and Faculties to update their guidance to ensure greater clarity and understanding on what is required for revalidation in a simple and consistent manner across the specialties. As part of this work, the Academy and its specialties will define what elements are GMC requirements for maintenance of a Licence to Practice and what are recommendations for best practice within a specialty.
We welcome the commitment to make the patient feedback process easier and more valuable – the Academy has an established patient feedback workstream and will input its findings directly into the GMC’s work.
The Academy is aware that many doctors have become sceptical about the value of appraisal for their professional development and see it as a necessary ‘tick-box exercise’ for revalidation. We are keen to improve the appraisal experience for doctors so that doctors remain committed to the process, and welcome the opportunity to work with the GMC to achieve this.
The regulators all have responsibilities for quality, standards and patient safety in healthcare organisations. These regulators recognise that the commissioning of a Medical Royal College Invited Service Review is a positive step by healthcare organisations to continuously monitor and identify learning that can improve the quality of patient care and promote patient safety.
While College reviews are confidential and belong to the organisation that requested them, the regulators expect that trusts will be open with them about commissioning such reviews and their outcomes – and share the findings and action plans with the regulators and others as appropriate.
Royal Colleges and professional bodies undertaking invited reviews have a responsibility for ensuring the prompt sharing of serious issues regarding patient safety and public confidence with the relevant regulators either by the healthcare organisation being reviewed or themselves.
The Academy of Medical Royal Colleges, representing doctors across the UK, deplores all attacks on healthcare facilities, staff and patients in conflict zones.
The Academy believes that the unfettered impartial practice of medicine is a fundamental principle which should be defended.
The Academy therefore:
- Recognises and supports the work of Médecins Sans Frontières / Doctors Without Borders – UK and other agencies to support health professionals in conflict zones
- Urges full implementation of the UN Resolution 2286 agreed a year ago which affirms and strengthens the protection of the medical mission in times of armed conflict
- Urges the UK Government to take the lead in affirming international mechanisms which protect health care services and medical ethics in times of war.
Professor Dame Sue Bailey, Chair of the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges said,
“I want to sincerely thank Sir Bruce Keogh for all his work for the NHS. Bruce has been an exceptional national medical leader over the last ten years and has been a tireless champion for the quality and standards of patient care
We wish Sir Bruce all the very best for the future when he steps down from his role in November and look forward to continuing to work with him until then.”
Professor Carrie MacEwen, current President of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists, has been elected as the new Chair of the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges to take over from Professor Dame Sue Bailey who demits office in July. Her appointment follows a ballot of the members of the Academy.
Professor MacEwen said,
“I am delighted and honoured to have been elected as Chair of the Academy Council. The Academy has a hugely important role to play in providing a coordinated voice of medical royal colleges and doctors on cross-specialty issues.
With the pressures facing the NHS across the UK it is increasingly important there is a clear, cohesive and constructive voice from the medical profession. I believe we can make a difference by offering viable and pragmatic solutions to the current problems and pressures, of which we are all aware. I look forward to working with Academy members and all our stakeholders over the coming three years.
Finally I would like to pay tribute and offer my personal thanks to Professor Dame Sue Bailey who has steered the Academy with wisdom and admirable patience over some pretty difficult times. I know we will all miss Sue when she demits office in the summer”
Professor Dame Sue Bailey, current chair of the Academy Council said,
“My warm congratulations to Carrie on her election as Chair of the Academy and also my thanks to the other candidates. It was very healthy that we had three candidates wanting to be chair of the Academy – and all were women!
There is an opportunity to make a difference in this role on behalf of patients and the quality of care from a medical perspective and Carrie will provide constructive and engaging leadership for the Academy and promote its role across the four nations of the UK. I am sure that Carrie will be an ideal chair for the Academy”
Charles Winstanley, Chair of the Academy Board of Trustees said,
“I look forward to working with Carrie when she takes office as Chair of the Academy Council. I do want to place on record the Board’s thanks to Professor Dame Sue Bailey for the exceptional work she has done as Chair of the Academy.”
1. Professor Caroline (Carrie) MacEwen MD FRCS FRCOphth FFSEM FRCPE is a Consultant Ophthalmologist at Ninewells Hospital, Dundee and holds an Honorary Chair as Head of the Department of Ophthalmology at the University of Dundee. She is ophthalmology Specialty Adviser to the Scottish Government and is the National GIRFT Lead for Ophthalmology in England. Carrie is an Associate post-graduate Dean in the East of Scotland for less than full time medical post-graduate training and career management.
Professor MacEwen was elected the 10th President of The Royal College of Ophthalmologists (2014-2017). She has been on the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges Council since 2014 and been on the Board of Trustees since 2015
She has published more than 150 papers and written and contributed to textbooks for both undergraduate students and qualified doctors
2. The Chair of the Council of the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges is chosen by the current members of the Council (the Presidents of all the member Colleges and Faculties) by ballot. Those eligible to stand are either the Presidents/Head Officers of current member organisations or the immediate past president/head officers of member organisations.
3. There were three candidates for election:- Professor Carrie MacEwen, President of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists, Professor Maureen Baker, immediate past Chair of the RCGP and Professor Neena Modi, President of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health. Voting was through a system of ranked preference voting.
4. Professor MacEwen will take office for her three year term on 19 July.