Stepping onto a ward for their first day of employment, it’s vital for patient safety that a new doctor is fully prepared for their role.
But, with making complex clinical decisions, and taking on responsibilities for patient care within the wider health and social care team – how can we know that they are really ready?
New research commissioned by the General Medical Council, and led by the University of Plymouth, explored preparedness for practice among doctors across the UK. It found that the current medical education provision is producing doctors that are prepared for many aspects of their career, but further research is also needed to see if the training is fully futureproof.
The GMC were particularly interested in finding out whether medical graduates are prepared to meet future anticipated healthcare needs in the following areas:
- the changing doctor-patient relationship – characterised by more involvement of patients in decision making and using information to enhance their own health management
- the doctor in a multi-disciplinary team (MDT) – increased importance of interdisciplinary team working with doctors from all care settings and specialities; and with other health and social care professionals
- complex clinical decision-making – decisions characterised by incomplete information and a high degree of uncertainty