The Shape of Training review explained
What is it, what’s all the fuss about, and what does it mean for you?
- By: Steven Alderson, Sonia Panchal
Proposed reforms to UK medical education and training have recently prompted headlines such as “Training cuts could harm patients, doctors warn;”1 have led to a coalition of trainee organisations and royal colleges calling on the government to “pause” their plans; and have seen a junior doctor take the General Medical Council to court—and win. This article provides an overview of the Shape of Training review, its recommendations, the controversies around it, and what it means for current and future medics.
The Shape of Training review was set up by the government to look at whether training programmes for doctors meet the current and future healthcare needs of patients in the United Kingdom.2 It was acknowledged that the way the NHS is set up and trains its workforce should reflect the changing needs of the patient population, which is seeing a greater shift towards management of long term conditions and comorbidities