Following the NHS Long Term Plan and subsequent People Plan report, Health Education England (HEE) launched the Future Doctor Report, which highlighted the need for a greater proportion of doctors and all other healthcare professionals to have generalist skills. Through the COVID-19 pandemic this became even more pertinent and the requirement to enable healthcare professionals to work effectively across different specialities to meet patient’s need, yet more crucial.
All healthcare professionals with generalist skills are adept at working throughout their careers, across organisational boundaries, bridging the community, primary and secondary healthcare settings together. HEE’s Medical Education Reform Programme (MERP) have been developing a strategy for implementing generalism into the early years of postgraduate medical training. The programme aims to broaden the expertise of all clinical professionals through enhancing the current training programmes. MERP have worked with expert partners to produce an educational syllabus in the form of a handbook covering six healthcare domains and supported by four cross-cutting themes.
The plan is to launch this work in the form of trailblazer pilots from August 2022 with full implementation from August 2023.
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