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The Medical Council is responsible for the approval of programmes of specialist training in the State, and the postgraduate training bodies which deliver those programmes.

In preparation for the evaluation of the training sites which support these programmes, Council has defined the criteria which must be met by training sites, including hospitals and GP practices. These criteria will form the basis of direct inspections of postgraduate training sites by the Medical Council. Inspections of prioritised sites will commence in 2015.

The development of the criteria followed consultation with the Department of Health, the HSE, medical educators, trainee groups, patient groups, and national regulatory bodies. This process confirmed widespread support for maintaining and developing high-quality learning environments and support for sharing information to promote best practice.

The criteria formalise and clarify the expectations of the Medical Council for training sites in key areas in the training of doctors, including:

  • Promotion of professionalism
  • Personal supports
  • Educational governance 
  • Supervisory arrangements 
  • Learning resources

Council’s schedule for assessing sites will be informed by the “Your Training Counts” trainee survey which was launched in 2014. This annual survey will establish trainee views on sites exemplifying good practice as well as those where improvement may be sought.

View Criteria for Specialist Training Sites

View July 2014 Consultation Report

View the "Your Training Counts" Report