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Quality Assurance

Quality Assurance is an essential part of the management of education and training. The GMC has overall responsibility for quality assurance, which it does by establishing and overseeing standards and outcomes in medical education through its Quality Assurance Framework.

The responsibility for implementing the curriculum, creating appropriate training structures, and delivering training and assessment rests with individual training programmes as exercised through the various school and training programme structures.

Quality assurance of these processes takes place under the oversight of the postgraduate deans and the regional offices of the four UK training organisations and will be monitored by the GMC through approval of training programmes and locations, and inspection of these by formal visits.

Find out more about the GMC's approach to Quality Assurance

Regional Specialty Advisers (RSAs) act on behalf of the RCR to ensure that standards for training, curriculum delivery and workplace-based assessment of trainees are maintained. They work cooperatively with the RCR, their local office/deanery, and the GMC to provide advice and support in their own region and carry out the role of external adviser, providing independent review and quality assurance of the ARCP process outside of their own region.

Resources for RSAs and information on current vacancies can be found on our Regional Specialty Adviser webpage. This is also where you can find out who is the RSA for your region.

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The RCR assists in the quality assurance of all aspects of training through the following activities:

  • developing, reviewing and maintaining curricula and assessment frameworks that incorporate the GMC’s Generic professional capabilities framework and meet the requirements set out in the GMC’s Excellence by design standards for postgraduate curricula.  The GMC quality assures the curriculum through its curriculum approval process
  • providing Regional Specialty Advisers to support local quality assurance processes within their region and to act as external advisers to support quality assurance of the annual review of competency progression (ARCP) process across regions
  • appointing a Training Quality Lead to support the RCR to improve quality assurance processes and enhance awareness of these processes
  • providing resources to support the consistency of progression decisions at ARCP across regions, such as ARCP decision aids.
  • quality assurance of the FRCR examinations
  • providing training and educational resources for trainers, including training courses, e-learning materials and other guidance
  • collecting and analysing data on the quality of training in order to share good practice and highlight concerns

Through these processes the RCR aims to promote high quality education and training.

If you have any queries regarding quality assurance please contact [email protected]

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