Experiences of non-UK-qualified doctors working within the UK regulatory framework : a qualitative study
Slowther, Anne, Lewando Hundt, Gillian, Purkis, J. and Taylor, R.. (2012) Experiences of non-UK-qualified doctors working within the UK regulatory framework : a qualitative study. JRSM, 105 (4). pp. 157-165. ISSN 0141-0768An open access version can be found in:
Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1258/jrsm.2011.110256
Objective To explore the experience of non-UK-qualified doctors in working within the regulatory framework of the General Medical Council (GMC) document Good Medical Practice.
Design Individual interviews and focus groups.
Setting United Kingdom.
Participants Non-UK-qualified doctors who had registered with the GMC between 1 April 2006 and 31 March 2008, doctors attending training/induction programmes for non-UK-qualified doctors, and key informants involved in training and support for non-UK-qualified doctors.
Main outcome measures Themes identified from analysis of interview and focus group transcripts.
Results Information and support for non-UK qualified doctors who apply to register to work in the UK has little reference to the ethical and professional standards required of doctors working in the UK. Recognition of the ethical, legal and cultural context of UK healthcare occurs once doctors are working in practice. Non-UK qualified doctors reported clear differences in the ethical and legal framework for practising medicine between the UK and their country of qualification, particularly in the model of the doctor–patient relationship. The degree of support for non-UK-qualified doctors in dealing with ethical concerns is related to the type of post they work in. European doctors describe similar difficulties with working in an unfamiliar regulatory framework to their non-European colleagues.
Conclusions Non-UK-qualified doctors experience a number of difficulties related to practising within a different ethical and professional regulatory framework. Provision of information and educational resources before registration, together with in-practice support would help to develop a more effective understanding of GMP and its implications for practice in the UK.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Subjects:||R Medicine > R Medicine (General)|
|Divisions:||Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Health and Social Studies
Faculty of Medicine > Warwick Medical School > Health Sciences
Faculty of Medicine > Warwick Medical School
Faculty of Medicine > Warwick Medical School > Health Sciences > Social Science & Systems in Health (SSSH)
|Journal or Publication Title:||JRSM|
|Publisher:||Royal Society of Medicine Press Ltd.|
|Official Date:||April 2012|
|Page Range:||pp. 157-165|
|Access rights to Published version:||Open Access|
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