Quality Assurance of Surgical Training
The General Medical Council (GMC) is the independent statutory body that regulates postgraduate specialty training in the UK following the merger, in April 2010, of the Postgraduate Medical Education and Training Board (PMETB) with the GMC.
The GMC has responsibility for the overall quality of surgical training. In addition, it is responsible for the development of training, entry, curriculum and assessment standards and the approval of training posts and programmes. In each of these areas, the GMC directly (or indirectly) seeks appropriate consultation from the Postgraduate Deaneries and the Medical Royal Colleges.
The Postgraduate Deaneries have been delegated responsibility for the quality assurance of training posts by the GMC. As such, the Deaneries must implement processes to ensure that training within their region meets national standards and is implemented in accordance with GMC-approved curricula. The involvement of the Medical Royal Colleges in quality management is realised through the Deaneries, whilst Local Education Providers (LEPs) are responsible for the quality control of training.
As part of its role in quality management, the JCST has developed its own quality assurance strategy, details of which can be found on the remaining pages in this section of the website.
If you have any queries relating to quality assurance issues, please contact the QA Team.
Page last updated: 20 April 2012