We visit medical schools, deaneries and local offices and local education providers. We do this to check they are meeting our standards for undergraduate and postgraduate medical education.
Our visits are risk based, which means we look at our evidence and decide which areas of education are most likely to be of concern. We focus our visits on those areas.
We also explore areas of good practice on visits so we can raise standards by promoting things which are working well and which other organisations might want to adopt.
The aims of our visits
All of our visits aim to:
- use time and resources well so that the benefits of the process outweighs the extra work of preparing for a visit
- recognise the differences in quality assurance and quality management of undergraduate and postgraduate medical education
- look at evidence from other organisations to identify risk and where possible reduce regulatory burden
- spend less time examining areas that are already meeting standards
- send plans for visiting and themes for exploration as early as possible
- gather evidence to show training pathways and processes are fair for all doctors. Organisations should demonstrate how they comply with equality legislation, for instance by collecting and analysing equality and diversity data
- continuously improve.
Our exploratory questions reflect our standards for medical education and training. We use the questions when we carry out visits to education and training providers. They help identify areas of concern or good practice.
We adapt our questions for each visit based on evidence we have about the organisation. The questions should give organisations an idea of our expectations and show how they can meet our standards.