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Scrapped generalist training programme was working well, review concludes

BMJ 2016; 355 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i5486 (Published 11 October 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;355:i5486
  1. Matthew Limb, freelance journalist
  1. BMJ Careers

The broad based training programme introduced in 2012 by the UK Academy of Medical Royal Colleges had shown promise in improving medical education before it was closed to recruitment last year, a review of the programme has concluded.

An independent evaluation found that the programme was meeting key targets, and one of the review’s researchers told BMJ Careers that the decision to halt recruitment was a “surprise.”1 2 Health Education England (HEE) announced that it would stop recruitment last November, saying that places were being scrapped to help fill more general practice posts instead.

Alison Bullock, a professor at Cardiff University’s school of postgraduate medical and dental education, led an HEE funded evaluation of the broad based training programme for the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges. She said that the training could prepare doctors for a changing NHS and suggested that HEE might come to rethink its decision or modify the scheme. “I think there is a need for it,” she told BMJ Careers. “I hope this …

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