Recommendation 223

The General Medical Councils interactions with other regulators

Accepted in principle
If the General Medical Council is to be effective in looking into generic complaints and information it will probably need either greater resources, or better cooperation with the Care Quality Commission and other organisations such as the Royal Colleges to ensure that it is provided with the appropriate information.

The General Medical Council has made it clear that it is determined to improve the way it shares information and works with other regulators and organisations such as the medical Royal Colleges.  The General Medical Council has agreed an information sharing protocol with the Care Quality Commission, which builds on the existing memorandum of understanding, to ensure that both organisations work closely and effectively together to share information and ensure appropriate and effective cross-referral of concerns

Update

The General Medical Council has developed an Operational Protocol with the Care Quality Commission, and is developing a joint approach to the evaluation of the operating protocol, with a full evaluation scheduled for September 2015.

Additionally, progress is continuing on the development of refreshed or new Memorandas of Understanding or information sharing agreements with the NHS Trust Development Authority and Monitor. Operational protocols will be developed to practically support these Memoranda of Understanding and information sharing agreements.

The General Medical Council and the Care Quality Commission agreed a refreshed Operational Protocol in December 2014 and an approach to evaluating it.  An interim evaluation report will be published in March 2015.  In addition, the General Medical Council has developed a new “information sharing manual” for Fitness to Practise” colleagues.  This details at an operational level how, when and who we will share information with. Core joint training was launched in December 2014 at both the Care Quality Commission and the General Medical Council offices and the General Medical Council have supported the roll out of advanced training in January 2015.

A refreshed or Memoranda of Understanding was agreed with the NHS Trust Development Authority in December 2014 and the General Medical Council are continuing to develop an Memoranda of Understanding with Monitor, agreement of which is expected during the first quarter of 2015,Operational Protocols will also be developed to support both of their implementation during the first quarter of 2015.