Shape of Training review

trainee doctors

The final report of the Shape of Training review was published in October 2013. We have written a summary of the report and possible implications for employers

NHS Employers' evidence

NHS Employers submitted a response to the review in February 2013. We also submitted oral evidence to the panel.

Background to the review

The review took place in a rapidly changing environment, caused by:

  • medical and scientific advances
  • evolving healthcare needs
  • changing demographics
  • new healthcare systems
  • changes to professional roles
  • the push towards more care provided in community settings
  • the information and communications technology (ICT) revolution
  • changing patient and public expectations.

All these factors will affect how doctors will practise in the future. The review therefore needed to consider what these changes mean for the way doctors are trained.

The review also looked at how doctors move between the different stages of their careers and whether the training structure can better support these transitions.

The review was split into five themes:

  • balance of the medical workforce
  • flexibility of training
  • patient needs
  • the breadth and scope of training
  • tension between the needs of the health services and training needs.

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