£73 Million for new Junior Doctor Training Programme in UK
Mar 23, 2005 - 7:40:00 PM
Every postgraduate trainee can expect a structured programme of managed education. It will allow them to experience training placements not previously accessible, such as academic medicine and smaller specialties. Most importantly, it will provide a placement in general practice for just over half the trainees in the first year.
By DH, UK, [RxPG] New funding for the implementation of innovative new training programmes for junior doctors was announced today by John Hutton, Minister of State for Health.
A two-year Foundation Programme will be introduced in August as part of the Modernising Medical Careers initiative.
Mr Hutton said: These extra resources will help ensure the new Foundation Programmes provide the best possible start to doctors postgraduate training. MMC will be full and properly resourced. Investing in the training of doctors for the future will pay huge dividends to the NHS and the quality of the care it provides. Im particularly pleased that we will be able to offer placements in general practice.
The Chief Medical Officer, Sir Liam Donaldson said: "The new Foundation Programme which implements the proposals in my report, Unfinished Business, represents a new dawn for doctors in the early stages of training. We now have the funding to make sure it happens".
Every postgraduate trainee can expect a structured programme of managed education. It will allow them to experience training placements not previously accessible, such as academic medicine and smaller specialties. Most importantly, it will provide a placement in general practice for just over half the trainees in the first year. This will rise significantly the following year as general practice placements are expected to be both popular and educationally effective - £27 million will be released in 2006/07, with the remainder released for the 2007/08 year.
Professor Sir Alan Craft, Chairman of the Academy of Medical Royal colleges said This is excellent news. Doctors in general have welcomed the new MMC arrangements, but we have all been concerned that funding would not be available. It is a really welcome announcement and Im pleased that MMC is making progress.
The Foundation Programme is just the first in a series of landmark changes to postgraduate medical education being developed as part of the Modernising Medical Careers initiative.
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1. The Foundation Programme is also expected to result in:
· a reduction in clinical attrition that will increase the number of UK doctors in the health service and save millions of pounds in invested training
· a common currency of education, that allows every employer to be sure of the capabilities of the doctor they are employing
· junior doctors with a broader understanding of health care who are better prepared for work in Service.
2. Primary care placements
§ Market research and pilot analysis indicates 55% of trainees will be actively seeking a placement in general practice in 2006/2007. Pilots have shown that the placements have been extremely successful and we expect that demand will grow to around 80% over the following year or two years of the programme.
· The intention would be that those not undertaking a primary care placement in the first F2 year would, however, still participate in a primary care focussed rotation in F2 like A&E or Obs & Gynae. This would include a specifically primary care focussed project as a key part of that training rotation.
3. For further information on the MMC or the Foundation Programme, go to the MMCs website
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