Dr Louisa Shovel (ST4)
The recently published Shape of Training review is a compilation of recommendations by both doctors and the organisations responsible for our medical training. Most changes are not expected to happen for 2-5 years.
These recommendations could really change the structure of medical training. But will they ever be acted upon? Let’s hope so – they reflect what doctors and their representatives think the UK needs for a healthy future
to care for our ageing population. Related specialties will group into broad ‘themes’ that doctors will train within. The option of sub-specialised training will be available following this broader education.
Shorter, not ‘completed’ training
‘Certificate of Specialty Training’ will replace CCT (completion of training), covering a broader scope in (~ 2) fewer years. More specialised training can be completed through ‘credentials’ after this.
Full GMC registration for FY1
Responsibility for Foundation Year 1 (FY1) doctors will pass from the medical schools to the postgraduate institutions where they work. This will, hopefully, provide better support.
Flexibility and moving within training
will be easier, with transferring competencies between specialties preventing starting over again. There will be less pressure to ‘panic buy’ a career early on.