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Shape of Training

The report of the independent Shape of Training Review, led by Professor Sir David Greenaway, was published in October 2013. The review was established to consider how medical training could better meet the present and future needs of patients. This made 19 recommendations to the UK government; an important theme was felt to be the need for more doctors who could provide general care in broad specialties.

A Shape of Training Steering Group was convened and the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges led a mapping exercise for Colleges to review their curricula and training programmes in line with the recommendations.

We held workshops, involving training leads, trainers, trainees and lay members, to identify the key issues and reach a consensus on the changes we proposed in our submission to the Shape Board in the autumn of last year.

The reports have been submitted to and considered by ministers in all four nations. However the expected timeframe for the implementation of Shape has extended and Colleges await further directives.

In March 2016 the Training Committee held a workshop reviewing our submission and looking at the Innovations in Training proposed to establish which changes could be implemented in the meantime.

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