GMC Regional Review of Health Education England working across the south west


The purpose and principles of the review

The GMC, as regulator, conducted a review during Spring 2016 of the quality of medical education and training across the south west by visiting medical schools, Health Education England (HEE) and the trusts which deliver training. The outcome Regional Report has now been published and can be located here.


The GMC is responsible for setting the standards and outcomes for medical education and training in the UK. The standards that underpinned the GMC Regional Review are set out in the following document Promoting excellence: standards for medical education and training.


Review visiting schedule

Two trusts were chosen for each of the region’s medical schools in Bristol, Exeter and Plymouth. Trusts and specialties were selected by the GMC using results from the GMC National Training Survey, HEE risk reports for the south west, medical school annual returns and external sources such as CQC reports.

Visits took place as follows:

Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust 13/14 April 2016
University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust 15 April 2016
Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust 18 April 2016
Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust 19 April 2016
Torbay and South Devon NGS Foundation Trust 28 April 2016
Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust  9 May 2016
Health Education England - Peninsula Office  29 June 2016 
Health Education England - Severn Office   30 June 2016 


The visits gave the GMC an opportunity to test that their evidence is accurate by talking directly to the people involved in postgraduate training. In this way, they can be confident that the training you receive meets their standards.


Specialties reviewed

• Acute (internal) medicine
• Cardiology
• Core medical training
• Emergency medicine
• Foundation programme
• Gastroenterology
• Respiratory medicine


What areas did the team look at?

Through these visits the GMC explored areas such as supervision, doctors in difficulty, transfer of information between organisations and quality management of training programmes. Some of the other issues the GMC looked at include:


  • the support you receive for your training
  • preparedness for practice
  • your experience of induction and handover
  • how you meet your curricular outcomes
  • opportunities you have to provide evaluation of your training


To find out more

Jane Bunce, Quality Lead (Peninsula)

Andy Gadsby, Quality Lead (Severn)