General practice should be recognised as speciality in UK, leaders argue

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General practice leaders have called on the government and the General Medical Council to correct the “anachronistic anomaly” whereby GP postgraduate training remains unrecognised as a medical specialty in the United Kingdom.

In a joint statement,

GP leaders from the BMA and the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) from across the four UK nations said that this recognition was “long overdue” given the rigorous training and examination that GPs undergo.

Testing European doctors’ language powers

Extract from GMC

“The UK Government has announced plans to give the GMC new powers to check the English language skills of doctors from Europe when we have concerns about their ability to communicate effectively.

We are already able to check the language skills of doctors who qualified outside Europe, and to refuse to grant their registration if they cannot speak English to a safe standard. But UK law prevents us from checking doctors who qualified within the European Union.”

GMC

The GMC also produces some useful standards and ethics guidance for doctors

Contents:

Everyone’s responsibility: Doctors ‘should not fear raising child abuse alarm’

Doctors should not fear reporting suspicions about child abuse, the regulator of the profession says.

The General Medical Council said high-profile cases and a concern about complaints by parents were deterring doctors from raising the alarm.

But it said new guidance it was issuing should give medics the confidence to act when they needed to.

The guidance stresses the need for doctors to consider the risk of child abuse in every case they see.

It also details when it is appropriate for doctors to share information about patients.

via BBC News – Doctors ‘should not fear raising child abuse alarm’.

Guidance from GMC and RCN

General Medical Council (GMC)

Continuing professional development: guidance for all doctors
This guidance was published to help doctors across the UK keep their knowledge and skills up to date throughout their working life. It is aimed at helping doctors as they reflect on their practice, prepare for their annual appraisal, and ultimately for their revalidation. It was developed in co-operation with doctors, medical Royal Colleges, employers, patients and the public, following widespread public consultation earlier this year and emphasises that doctors must take account of the needs of their patients and their healthcare teams when considering the learning they may need to undertake.

Royal College of Nursing (RCN)

Advice for RCN members during British Medical Association (BMA) industrial action
This guidance is for nursing staff who may be affected when members of the BMA take industrial action on Thursday 21st June. The RCN is not involved in the dispute and members will be working as normal on that day.

GMC: Leadership and management for all doctors

General Medical Council (GMC)

Leadership and management for all doctors
This guidance sets out the wider management and leadership responsibilities of all doctors in the workplace, including: responsibilities relating to employment issues; teaching and training; planning, using and managing resources; raising and acting on concerns; and helping to develop and improve services. It comes into effect on 12 March 2012.