Medical Education Research Consortium Launch
Scottish Medical Education Research Consortium launched
support high quality research in Scotland on medical
and workplace learning
Edinburgh International Conference Centre
1 May 2012 sees the launch of the NHS Education for Scotland (NES) /University of Dundee Medical Education Research Consortium. The formal launch will be undertaken by Michael Matheson MSP, Minister for Public Health during NES's Annual Medical Conference at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre.
In his launch address, Minister for Public Health, Michael Matheson said: "Medicine operates in a dynamic environment, and we must ensure medical education keeps pace. I am therefore delighted to have been asked to announce that today sees the launch of the Scottish Medical Education Research Consortium.
"This innovative consortium is the result of collaboration between NES, the University of Dundee and others to provide a focus for research in medical education across Scotland. I have no doubt that this consortium will create outstanding research that will support the key role of NES and its postgraduate deaneries in quality managing medical education and training, and ultimately will provide clarity on the training and education needs of our future workforce."
The Medical Education Research Consortium has been formed following a competitive bidding process between NES and two centres at the University of Dundee: the Centre for Medical Education and the Health Informatics Centre. Co-applicants for the work include staff at the University of Aberdeen and Glasgow University. Staff from other medical schools in Scotland are also involved. Over the next three years the consortium will work to develop two substantial programmes of research in medical education looking at issues of workforce and
The Consortium will also undertake substantial data management work including the analysis and dissemination of the increasingly complex national quality management information and workforce data. This evidence base will provide effective support for the research programmes, as well as supporting NES and its Postgraduate Deaneries in their work to improve the quality of medical education in Scotland.
Dr Stewart Irvine, NES Director of Medicine explained "Whilst the data collected on the quality of training does not directly reflect the quality of patient care, it is widely recognised that good training tends to occur in settings of good patient care and vice versa.
"We therefore have a responsibility to ensure that the data collected is carefully evaluated for evidence of good practice and areas of concern about training, and our response not only relates to the need to share good practice and work to improve training but also to convey any concerns to other agencies with more direct responsibilities for patient care.
"The Consortium will work with a wide range of stakeholders including other universities, the General Medical Council and health boards to ensure any research programme undertaken is relevant and can be translated into changes to medical education and training to benefit future patients and staff. This will be an important tool to support our continuous quality assurance of medical education and training."
Professor Charlotte Rees, Director of the Centre for Medical Education, Dundee added: "The Consortium offers an exciting opportunity to create excellent research that is relevant locally but has global impact and that this is a real opportunity to put Scotland on the map in terms of medical education research internationally."
Professor John Connell, Vice Principal and Head of the College of Medicine, Dentistry and Nursing at the University of Dundee said "This is a very important collaboration that will allow the strengths of the University in Data analysis and Medical Education to complement the expertise of NHS Education for Scotland in workforce management and planning. The outcome will be a richer understanding of the factors that determine workforce needs in Scotland and will make an important contribution to our ability to manage these better in the future."
The launch forms a component of NES's Medical Conference. Following the first national conference held at Heriot Watt University in 2011, this year's event will involve all those involved in medical education and training, whether trainees and trainers, undergraduate students and teachers, managers, working in primary care, secondary care, Universities, Postgraduate Deaneries, or Medical Royal Colleges.
During the day, speakers and delegates will explore many challenges facing medical education and training in a time of tightening resources, decreasing medical undergraduate and postgraduate trainee numbers, and a changing regulatory environment.
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Note to Editors
- NES is NHSScotland's national education and training Board. We are responsible for supporting NHS services to the people of Scotland through the development and delivery of education and training for all those who work in NHSScotland. We work closely with a range of partners to deliver our vision of Quality Education for a Healthier Scotland www.nes.scot.nhs.uk
- An example of NES's longstanding research interest in this
field is its funding of work undertaken by the Scottish Careers
Cohort Group in advance of the Consortium being formed:
Cleland JA, Johnston P, French FH, Needham G. Careers preferences of Year 1 medical students: A national survey. Medical Education, 2012,46, 4.