Recommendation 224

Systemising the sharing of information between professional regulators

Accepted
Steps must be taken to systematise the exchange of information between the Royal Colleges and the General Medical Council, and to issue guidance for use by employers of doctors to the same effect.

The General Medical Council has made it clear that the exchange of information with Royal Colleges should be further systematised, and that it will take forward action to ensure that this takes place.  The General Medical Council will share its proposals in the first half of 2014.

The General Medical Council will work with the Royal Academy of Medical Royal Colleges to develop information sharing agreements with all of the Medical Royal Colleges. In relation to education and training the General Medical Council has made it clear that the exchange of information with Royal Colleges should be further systematised, and that it will take forward action to ensure that this takes place.  The General Medical Council will share its proposals in the first half of 2014.

The General Medical Council has developed a closer working relationship with employers through the Employer Liaison Service.  It already produces guidance to help employers understand when to share information with the General Medical Council and will reiterate this guidance through meetings with Responsible Officers and Medical Directors.

Update

In February 2014 the General Medical Council published the results of a review of its arrangements for quality assuring medical education and training.  One of the main issues highlighted in the review was the importance of effective information sharing between the General Medical Council and the Royal Colleges. The General Medical Council is currently considering how to enhance further current information sharing arrangements with Royal Colleges, with the aim of developing formal agreements with them. A working group has also been established to look at the data held by the Royal Colleges and the General Medical Council, and the best way to use and share this data. The General Medical Council  has now begun providing a richer set of tailored, targeted data to the Royal Colleges and gathering further information from the Royal Colleges to inform the General Medical Council’s programme of visits

Further, the General Medical Council is beginning to gather further information from Royal Colleges to inform its regional visits programme and, in addition, has invited members of Royal Colleges to support the General Medical Council on selected visits (where its visitor pool does not include the appropriate expertise).