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Regulating Medical Performance: An ESRC and GMC collaborative research programme

Tuesday 23rd February 2010: 15.00 – 17.00

The Royal College of Physicians, 11 St Andrews Place, Regent’s Park, London, NW1 4LE

The Programme collaborated with the General Medical Council to scope and commission exploratory research on the
subject of medical performance that fitted both the Programme’s focus on public service performance and the GMC’s
developing research initiative to inform its policy development. The result was a pioneering set of 11 complementary
research projects designed to develop the research field and throw light on some key contested issues in medical
regulation and performance. These small scale exploratory studies have used a variety of interview and observation
techniques to tease out beliefs and experience in areas such as equality, diversity and fitness to practise, individual
experience and performance, and organisational regulation and performance.
To present what has been done to the stakeholders who were consulted in 2006 over the research specification for
this work, the GMC and the Programme are hosting an open roundtable style event to explain some context behind
the programme, showcase the projects themselves and help to gain impact for the findings. The event will include
opportunities to view posters from all of the projects and hear speakers from within the Programme and representatives from
the GMC. This event will be of relevance to policy makers, research commissioners, medical educationalists and the
wider community who share an interest in medical regulatory impact and evidence-based policy development.

The Research Policy Manager at the General Medical Council is Nicola Costin-Davis,

The post-event report can be found on the GMC website by clicking here. It includes a poster from each of the projects and a video interview with Christopher Hood and Trudie Roberts.