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The overarching body that governs medical
education is the GMC which has the statutory function of regulating
all stages of doctors' training and professional development
in the UK, promoting high standards in medicine and ensuring that
medical education and training reflects the needs of patients, the
service, students and trainees.
The GMC expects that all qualified doctors
will maintain their CPD so that they are fit to practise throughout
their professional lives. These values are enshrined in the GMC’s
Good Medical Practice guidance (2006), which is soon to be
So while the GMC is intimately involved with
undergraduate education and postgraduate training, once
psychiatrists are out of these stages the professional standards
for their practice are governed by criteria set by the Royal
College of Psychiatrists although the GMC does retain ultimate
responsibility for their regulation. These standards are laid out
in the College’s
Good Psychiatric Practice (CR 154), which is closely
aligned to the GMC guidance. In establishing these gold standard
guidances, the GMC and the College have set out a clear path on
what it takes to be a good doctor and a good psychiatrist, whatever
the grade of the medical practitioner.
The regulatory standards are firmly embedded
in the legislation on revalidation of all doctors, with a focus ion
affirming and reaffirming clinical practice, yearly appraisals to
establish this, and a firm emphasis on CPD.
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