Why the new Foundation Curriculum is a huge step forward
They say that a week is a long time in politics, and that's true enough. If the pandemic has taught us anything, it's also that eighteen months is a very long time in medicine. This is why the latest changes to the Foundation Programme are much needed. The last Curriculum was published in 2016, so it's safe to say that a great deal has happened since then, not just in medical practice but also in the broader world of work. The changes that have been announced balance those two needs very skilfully. They will ensure that clinicians, healthcare workers and professionals everywhere are adequately equipped in various healthcare settings, both now and in the future. And importantly, the new Curriculum also reflects three significant macro trends.
Firstly, we know that the robots are coming, and we also know the impact that artificial intelligence will have across all sectors. Indeed, the advances being made in medical diagnosis using machine learning is extraordinary. But, medical practice has always been and will always be about people. The physical and emotional needs of people in need together with the broader emotional needs of the families involved. This is why the new Curriculum's focus on offering training in the softer skills is so important. The new Curriculum will result in better leaders, better listeners, and better communicators.
Secondly, the new Curriculum also recognises the importance of supportive training for supervisors in order to maximise the new Curriculum's impact. And finally, the new Curriculum recognises the unique circumstances in which all healthcare workers have operated over the past two years. Years which have been spent learning and practising pre and post-Covid. The curriculum changes reflect a broader trend for employees to now understand and focus on their wellbeing. And, of course, in the context of medical practice, patient care by doctors who are looking after themselves is paramount.
Here at Miad, we are always looking at ways to respond to changes in medical practice and training. Over the last six months, we've been working hard to develop a suite of new CPD accredited courses to help with many of the new Curriculum's key areas. These include leadership, quality improvement methodology, careers guidance, frailty, end of life care, teaching skills, patient safety and how new technologies and the digital agenda impact day to day practice.
Importantly, given the focus on supporting supervisors in the new Curriculum, we have also developed essential courses in Differential Attainment and Bias in Educational and Clinical Supervision. And, we've been designing and evolving our courses to allow them to be followed as live, interactive webinars. Whilst the rest of the world might be opening up, we understand how important it is for us to continue to provide our training in a safe but effective online environment.
The new Foundation Curriculum focuses on three critical groups and competencies (please click here for an outline of the domains). It will help clinicians become more accountable, capable, and compassionate whilst allowing healthcare workers to become even more valuable. And finally, the Curriculum will enable the professionals to become even more responsible for their own practice and portfolio development. In doing this, the new Curriculum constitutes a significant step forward in providing the training support needed for all three critical groups to thrive in the years to come. We are proud to continue to help those people through the courses we offer and the support we provide.