The final report of our recent GMC Quality Assurance of Medical Education visit will be up on the GMC website any day now. It is a very positive report in spite of it happening just after the launch of the new MBBS curriculum, and before we had sorted out some of the teething problems. It provides timely food for thought for the future of the programme. Interestingly, in the wake of Mid Staffs, there was a keen focus by the GMC on patient safety, and on ensuring good communication with our stakeholders on patient safety issues. Our new “raising concerns” website, where students are given guidance on what to do if they witness unprofessional behaviour, is a very good start. It helps by making processes for raising concerns clear, and allows submission of an anonymous reporting form that is untraceable, allowing anonymity. We need to do more work to create an open culture in which students feel comfortable reporting patient safety issues, and that the MBBS leadership is aware of Trust-related safety concerns as early as possible.
We were specifically commended for good practice in three areas:
- our teaching on the social determinants of health
- our submission to the education panel of the REF (Research Excellence Framework)
- our excellent relationship with the Foundation School
Thanks again to all staff who took part in providing evidence to the GMC during their visit.