Medical Council Rules in Respect of the Duties of Council in Relation to Medical Education and Training (Section 88 of the Medical Practitioners Act 2007).

JurisdictionIreland
CitationIR SI 685/2016

Notice of the making of this Statutory Instrument was published in

“Iris Oifigiúil” of 31st March, 2017.

Rule 1

The relevant criteria to be applied in respect of Section 88 (2)(a)(i)(I) of the Medical Practitioners Act 2007 (“the Act”) are as follows:

1. The programme must be delivered by a body approved by the Medical Council under section 88(2)(a)(i)(II) as a body which may deliver a programme of basic medical education and training.

2. The programme will be required to demonstrate that it incorporates the Medical Council’s ‘Eight Domains of Good Professional Practice’, namely

1. Patient Safety and Quality of Patient Care

2. Relating to Patients

3. Communication and Interpersonal Skills

4. Collaboration and Teamwork

5. Management (including Self Management)

6. Scholarship

7. Professionalism

8. Clinical Skills

and the Medical Council’s ‘Three Pillars of Good Professional Practice’, namely

1. Partnership

2. Practice

3. Performance

A copy of the ‘Eight Domains of Good Professional Practice’ is attached hereto at Appendix 1 and a copy of the ‘Three Pillars of Good Professional Practice’ is attached hereto at Appendix 2.

3. A programme must comply with the basic requirements of the World Federation for Medical Education Global Standards for Quality Improvement in Medical Education: 2015 Revision to the extent that those standards apply to programmes of basic medical education and training.

4. A programme must comply with the requirement in Article 24 of EU Directive 2005/36/EC for programmes of basic medical education. That Directive’s specification that programmes of basic medical education must include suitable clinical experience in hospitals under appropriate supervision will, at the discretion of the Medical Council, include suitable clinical experience in other clinical training sites under appropriate supervision. The 5,500 hours referred to in the Directive must be completed in a programme which is of a duration which is no less than four years.

5. Approval of a programme will be for no longer than five years. Any significant alterations to the design and delivery of the programme, as approved, will require the prior approval of the Medical Council.

6. Approved bodies will be required to submit annual declarations in respect of approved programmes.

7. Failure to comply with any of the above may result in the withdrawal of approval.

Rule 2

The relevant criteria to be applied in respect of Sections 88 (2)(a)(i)(II) and 88 (2)(a)(ii) of the Medical Practitioners Act 2007 (“the Act”) are as follows.

1. A body must have been determined to be a college or university per the Universities Act 1997 .

2. A body must comply with the basic requirements of the World Federation for Medical Education Global Standards for Quality Improvement in Medical Education: 2015 Revision to the extent that those standards apply to bodies which may deliver programmes of basic medical education and training.

3. Approval of a body will be for no longer than five years. Any significant alterations to the status and/or structure of the body, as approved, will require the prior approval of the Medical Council.

4. Failure to comply with any of the above may result in the withdrawal of approval.

Rule 3

The relevant criteria to be applied in respect of Section 88(3)(a) of the Medical Practitioners Act 2007 (“the Act”) are as follows:

1. The number of intern training posts to be specified by the Medical Council will depend on the extent to which the HSE in their proposal confirm that the posts identified in that proposal are part of a structured intern training programme organised through an Intern Training Network, which has clear educational objectives, measurable progression in ability, and externally validated...

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