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Medical Council publishes criteria for inspecting training sites

The Medical Council today (18th August, 2014) published criteria for the evaluation of training sites which support the delivery of specialist training for doctors. The Medical Council assesses programmes of specialist training for doctors in the State, and will now strengthen its role in this area by visiting and evaluating individual training sites, such as hospitals and GP surgeries. The new criteria will form the basis of this assessment and quality assurance activity.

From January next year, training sites will be asked to demonstrate that criteria are being met through a self-assessment process, which will be followed by site inspections by the Medical Council and expert external assessors.

Speaking today, Professor Freddie Wood, President of the Medical Council said “The Medical Council has made it a priority to support the development of high-quality learning environments for doctors in training. The inspection of training sites and the views of trainees will play an important role in this key quality assurance activity. Where good practice is identified we will look to see it replicated, and if standards are not being met, we will address any issues arising.”

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

The development of the criteria follows 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 Council will commence inspection of clinical training sites in early 2015, and its schedule for assessing sites will be informed by its “Your Training Counts” survey of all trainees in Ireland, which will establish trainee views on sites exemplifying good practice as well as those where improvement may be sought.


For further information:
Lorna Farren
Medical Council Communications Manager
01 4983173/ 0879130288