More help should be given to doctors so that they can continue their professional development, research suggests.
A study from the General Medical Council (GMC) found that there is lack of support for locums, doctors outside training grades and some employed in the independent sector.
The research, which involved more than 60 interviews with royal colleges, mental health trusts and CCGs found doctors need more support to implement their continuing personal development (CPD) for the effects to last.
GMC chair Professor Sir Peter Rubin said: “This research will help the GMC provide what support and guidance it can to doctors so they make the most of their professional development opportunities.”
The study also suggests that revalidation could make CPD more effective over time.
Professor Sir Rubin added: “Revalidation ensures that all doctors take part in professional development but we need to have the time and space to undertake CPD, then be enabled to reflect on what we have learned and put it into our day to day practice.”
The GMC will be working with the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges to improve the support and advice it gives to doctors on CPD.
A number of key recommendations on how employing organisations should support doctors’ CPD are included in the research, which is available on the GMC website.