Quality Management

Education & Training

Quality Management of the learning environment

HEE Quality Strategy and Framework

HEE is responsible for ensuring that there are high quality learning environments for all healthcare learners in England. It has a statutory duty to secure continuous improvements in the quality of education and training and to promote the skills and behaviours that upholds the NHS Constitution. In order to effectively deliver this responsibility and to secure the continuous improvements in quality, HEE introduced the HEE Quality Strategy (pdf) and HEE Quality Framework (pdf). The strategy and framework describes a multi-professional and risk-based approach to quality management.

The HEE Thames Valley quality team is responsible for implementing the framework, on behalf of the Postgraduate Dean, across the Thames Valley region and for ensuring compliance with other professional regulators such as the General Medical Council (GMC), the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). HEE’s quality standards have been mapped to other professional regulators’ education standards.

The General Medical Council

The GMC registers doctors to practise medicine in the UK. Its purpose is to protect, promote and maintain the health and safety of the public by ensuring proper standards in the practice of medicine. The GMC website is http://www.gmc-uk.org/.

The Law gives the GMC four main functions under the Medical Act 1983.

  • keeping up-to-date registers of qualified doctors
  • fostering good medical practice
  • promoting high standards of medical education and training
  • dealing firmly and fairly with doctors whose fitness to practise is in doubt

The GMC requires HEE local offices to have a system which includes the use of external advisors and external input at key stages of specialty training. External advisors may be lay or professional.
The GMC is responsible for the regulation of education and training throughout a doctor’s career, from medical school through the Foundation Programme and specialty training, including general practice training programmes, to continuing professional development.
The GMC’s quality assurance processes are set out on its website https://www.gmc-uk.org/education/how-we-quality-assure. The GMC’s publication ‘Promoting Excellence’ sets our standards for undergraduate and postgraduate medical training. The standards set by the GMC have been mapped to HEE’s quality standards.

The General Dental Council

The General Dental Council (GDC) regulated dentists and dental care professions in the UK. This includes clinical dental technicians, dental hygienists, dental nurses, dental technicians, dental therapists and orthodontic therapists. The GDC’s role is to protect the public by regulating these professionals. The GDC website is https://www.gdc-uk.org/.
Within its role, the GDC has a responsibility to set out the requirements for educational programmes leading to registration as a dental professional and a statutory obligation to quality assure these programmes. In 2015, the GDC developed and published Standards for Education (pdf). The standards set by the GDC have been mapped to HEE’s Quality Standards.