GMC Opens Consultation On Future Requirement For Newly-Qualified Doctors

10th October 2017

On 4th October 2017, the General Medical Council (GMC) has launched a consultation on the knowledge; skills and professional behaviours required for newly qualified doctors. The consultation helps to shape the future development of undergraduate medical education.

In order to better reflect modern medical education and practice, GMC have updated what doctors must know and be able to do by the time they graduate from medical school.

Doctors will be expected to have an understanding of areas like Complex areas of practice such as consent, confidentiality and safeguarding, Population health and managing the care of patients with multiple diseases and an appreciation of the needs of patients from varied backgrounds.

Here are listed the Outcomes proposed for inclusion in medical school courses which emphasise the importance of new doctors.

  • Raising and operating on issues of patient safety
  • Working in partnership with patients, families and carers
  • Understanding their responsibility to safeguard vulnerable patients.


The Director of Education and Standards at GMC, Dr Colin Melville said that Medical schools play a unique role in the development of the UK’s medical profession. GMC want to help them ensure that their curricula continue to produce newly qualified doctors who can react confidently to any pressures and challenges they may face from their first day of their medical practice.

He further added that the consultation outcomes are forward looking, to equip the doctors of tomorrow with the knowledge and skills they need to engage with emerging areas of healthcare such as genomics and population health.

Earlier this year the GMC held a consultation on its MLA proposals. A consultation report published by the General Medical Council suggested broad support for the concept of the assessment, as well as some concerns about its implementation.

Currently, the GMC is considering responses to the consultation, and will announce next steps later this year.

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