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Professor David Greenaway, Vice-Chancellor of Nottingham University, has been appointed to lead a major independent review of UK postgraduate medical education and training.
The Shape of Medical Training is an independent review that will shape the way doctors are trained in the UK to ensure they are equipped to meet the changing needs of patients, society and health services.

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Professor David Greenaway, Vice-Chancellor of Nottingham University, has been appointed to lead a major independent review of UK postgraduate medical education and training.
The Shape of Medical Training is an independent review that will shape the way doctors are trained in the UK to ensure they are equipped to meet the changing needs of patients, society and health services.
The review will consider areas such as the balance between specialisation and generalism, the implications of more healthcare being delivered in the community and the training required to achieve this, how to balance the workforce demands of health services with the learning needs of trainees, and how to create flexible models of training that are able to respond to changing requirements of both patients and the healthcare service.
Professor Greenaway said that he was delighted to accept the post explaining that: “The challenge of ensuring that we provide the right education for doctors in training cannot be under estimated. Changing expectations from patients and advances in technology mean we must undertake a review of training now to ensure we continue to produce high quality doctors for patients in the future.”
Niall Dickson, the Chief Executive of the GMC said: "This review has the potential to make a real difference. It is a once in a generation opportunity to shape the structure, approach and content of post graduate education in the UK and make sure that doctors trained here are among the best in the world, delivering cutting edge, high quality care for patients. We are delighted that Professor Greenaway has agreed to chair the review – he brings experience, objectivity and rigour to this new and important role."
The final report will be produced by June 2013 when it will be presented to the Sponsoring Board. The Sponsoring Board is made up of a partnership between the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges, the General Medical Council, Medical Education England, the Medical Schools Council, NHS Education Scotland and representatives from the respective health departments in Northern Ireland and Wales.
It is expected that any recommendations made will reform postgraduate medical education and training, structuring postgraduate medical education within the UK for the next ten to fifteen years.

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