The global healthcare services and staffing company, Medacs Healthcare has announced that it will support its overseas doctors by investing in a series of ‘Welcome to UK’ practice courses, developed and run by the General Medical Council (GMC).
Delivered by the GMC’s regional liaison service, a team of 11 advisors will run sessions across England to help doctors who are either new to practice or the country to understand the ethical issues that will affect them and their patients on a day-to-day basis – embedding the GMC’s professional standards.
Managing director for UK Recruitment at Medacs, Mick Whitley, said: “Medacs Healthcare is committed to supporting doctors in their transition to the UK ensuring they get off to the best possible start to UK practice.
“We continue to invest in supporting our doctors through Medacs Academy which offers non-clinical professional development and support – in particular around revalidation, reflection and appraisal which can often present unique challenges for our doctors. The quality of our doctors is paramount to the service we deliver to the NHS and as such we are delighted to be the first UK agency to deliver these courses for doctors.”
Introduced in 2013, the Welcome to UK practice programme covers the role of the GMC and their standards and guidance. Doctors can learn from the real life experiences of senior UK medical professionals, analyse interactive ethical scenarios on issues faced by doctors in UK practice, and create their own ‘learning log’ with tips and reflections to take away.
1,500 doctors have already taken part since its inception; with 99 per cent claiming they would change their practice as a result of attending the course; and 98 per cent stating it helped them to reflect on their practice.