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Shape of Training Steering Group Statement

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17 Feb 2015

Commenting on the Shape of Training steering group statement released today, President of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, Mr. Ian Ritchie said:

"We support many of the principles outlined in the Shape of Training review and, from a surgical perspective, take no issue with the idea that practitioners will need to train in more general areas, with specialist credentials, in order to meet the future health needs of a changing population.

"However, we remain concerned that any measures put in place to reduce or alter training simply cannot and will not work whilst the healthcare system remains absolutely reliant on trainees to deliver the service.

“So far, thinking around the review has been based on attempts to design and place new training methodology within the constraints and language of the current system. In order to move forward, it is crucial that everyone involved thinks outside the system they know and looks at what is possible with potentially radical change.

“We look forward to working with our sister Colleges as part of the AoMRC, and with clinical and managerial colleagues across healthcare as we examine the various work areas and support the advancement of these proposals.”

You can read the full statement from the UK Shape of Training steering group on the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges’ website.

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