General Medical Council
The GMC has developed new standards for medical education and training and postgraduate medical curricula that reinforce fairness as a guiding principle and highlight equality and diversity considerations.
It is working with three pilots (London, Scotland and East of England) to develop action plans, focussing specifically on ethnicity and Primary Medical Qualifications.
HEE (Health Education England)
HEE is proposing to introduce a targeted GP training support programme.
This will enable doctors who did not successfully complete their GP training within the required time frame to re-enter the programme and support doctors from other specialties to enter GP training.
HEE East of England
The GP deanery in HEE East of England has adopted a three-pronged approach based on:
- training - dedicated, individualised learning plans and career advice, with early warning systems for trainees who are likely to face difficulties in training
- assessment - evaluation of assessment methodologies to eliminate bias; selecting and training examiners appropriately; and providing detailed, constructive feedback for unsuccessful applicants
- monitoring - systematically monitoring, analysing and disseminating equality data.
HEE North West
In 2016 HEE North West formed an Equality, Diversity and Inclusion group, which has successfully engaged with trainees to identify factors that lead to difficulties with progression, and then worked to address them.
The Royal College of Psychiatrists
The Royal College of Psychiatrists commissioned an independent review of its MRCPsych exams and encouraged local education and training boards and deaneries to set up a dashboard.
This monitors key areas of progress such as individualised learning plans for trainees, offering mentoring, and giving remedial feedback after poor performance in exams. The College has held several conferences on differential attainment and support for IMG doctors.