So what do the professionals have to say about the UKMLA

The UKMLA is scheduled for live assessment in 2022. Here is what the chair of the GMC, the chair of the Medical schools association and the president of the Royal College of Physicians had to say:

Professor Terence Stephenson, the Chair of the GMC, said:

‘We have listened extremely carefully to the advice given to us by our partners and stakeholders in each country of the UK. While many support the aim of the UKMLA, there were some concerns about the original model we proposed – in particular the impact which it could have had on medical students and the supply of doctors into the UK.

‘The model that we have now agreed is pragmatic yet still progressive, building on the achievements made by medical schools in recent years but pushing for greater consistency in the standards of their assessments. This will give better assurance to patients and employers.

‘We are not ruling out moving to a single assessment of clinical and professional skills at some point in the future. However, we cannot begin to explore this without first making sure that we have the right foundations in place.

‘We will now develop the elements of the assessment in more detail, and we look forward to continuing our work with the community of experts that we have brought together from the undergraduate and postgraduate worlds.’

Professor Stephenson continued:

‘It remains our ambition that the system of entry into UK practice should be consistent and fair for every doctor – whether they qualified in the UK, from Europe or beyond.
‘However we have to be realistic and recognise the limits of what we can achieve while we are in the middle of the negotiations about Brexit.

‘When the time comes to develop our approach for EEA doctors, we will make sure the new arrangements give confidence to both patients and employers. It’s crucial that we maintain the standard of UK practice as well as maintain a healthy supply of good doctors into the UK.

Professor Jenny Higham, Chair of the Medical Schools Council, said:
‘We share the GMC’s goal of designing high quality assessments that are fair to students and provide assurance to the public about the standard of doctors entering the medical register in the UK.

‘It is good to see the GMC has recognised our work in the development of common examination content in written assessment. However, delivering the original model proposed by the GMC for the CPSA presented many challenges. This is why I’m pleased the GMC has listened carefully to the views expressed by medical schools and agreed an initial approach that will be more proportionate in scope.

‘The hard work now begins to deliver the assessment by 2022. We look forward to continuing to work with the GMC next year as we develop the technical details of how the assessment will work in practice.’

Royal College of Physicians president Jane Dacre said:
‘The approval of the Medical Licensing Assessment (MLA) by the GMC is positive news for the profession. The MLA’s introduction should ensure that doctors entering the NHS are safe and fit to practise through the demonstration of core knowledge, clinical skills and professionalism.

‘This push by the GMC to create greater consistency in how doctors enter UK practice can only be a positive thing for the patients we treat and for the wider NHS. We look forward to working collaboratively with the GMC to aid in its implementation.’


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