Nottingham Vice-Chancellor to lead major review of medical education

Professor David Greenaway, Vice-Chancellor of The University of Nottingham, has been appointed to lead a major independent review that will shape the way doctors are trained in the UK.

Professor Greenaway will oversee the ‘Independent Review of the Shape of Medical Training’, a year-long evaluation of UK postgraduate medical education and training.

Its aim is to make sure the next generation of doctors are equipped to meet the changing needs of patients, society and health services.

The review is jointly sponsored by the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges, the General Medical Council, Medical Education England, the Medical Schools Council, NHS Education Scotland, NHS Wales and the Northern Ireland Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety.

The review will consider areas such as:
• the proper balance between specialisation and generalism in medicine
• the implications for training of more healthcare being delivered in the community
• how to balance the workforce demands of health services with the learning needs of trainees
• how to create flexible models of training which can respond to changing requirements of both patients and healthcare service.

The right education for doctors

Professor Greenaway said: “I am delighted to accept this post. The challenge of ensuring that we provide the right education for doctors in training cannot be underestimated.

“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.”

The Shape of Medical Training Independent Review has been asked to produce a final report with recommendations by June 2013 to the Sponsoring Board who are overseeing the review. It is expected that the recommendations will put in place a structure for postgraduate medical education in the UK for at least the next 10 to fifteen years.

Christine Outram, Managing Director of Medical Education England, said: “Patient expectations and the future health needs of a population that is living longer will require a more flexible system that can provide care within different environments and in different ways.

“We are delighted that Professor Greenaway has accepted the role of Chair of the Shape of Medical Training Review and we look forward to working with him as we take forward this fundamental review.”

Once in a generation

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 postgraduate 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.”

Professor Greenaway, an economist, has held a number of public roles. He was Chairman of the Armed Forces’ Pay Review Body from 2004 until March 2010, having been a member of the Body since 1998. He was also a Member of the Senior Salaries Review Body 2004 to 2010.

Other public service appointments have included non-Executive positions on National Health Service Boards and advisory positions to various Government Departments. He has also acted as a consultant to the World Bank, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the European Commission, the United Nations, and HM Treasury.

More recently, he joined the Asia Task Force, a high-level body helping to boost UK exports and investment in Asian countries. He is also a Deputy Lieutenant of Nottinghamshire.

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