Quality Management

WMD PGSoM Quality Management System
The school has established a set of standards, many of which are generic across the WMD, and all of which are consistent with the national standards set by the PMETB, by which all our programmes should abide.

Our QM system, which we regard as educational quality audit, is designed to explain, promote, and monitor the delivery of these standards, allowing us continuously to improve the quality of the education delivered in our programmes.

Educational Programme Standards used in the School

Deanery policies on;

  • Equal opportunities and diversity
  • Bullying and harassment
  • Doctors in difficulty
  • Study leave
  • Flexible training
  • 15 standards for education programmes in the WMD
  • JD for educational supervisors (ES)
  • JD for STC Chairs
  • Responsibilities of the StR on GIM (acute) take duty

RCP Publications & Standards

  • JD for RCP tutors
  • GIM (acute) curricula, generic and clinical
  • RCP CMT and speciality e-portfolios

Monitoring Methods
Data to monitor the delivery of the standards is collected routinely and continuously, (some abstracted from the e-portfolios, some from the INTREPID database), including:

  • Induction programmes delivered in each Trust, with attendance registers and evaluations
  • Teaching programmes delivered in each Trust or consortium, mapped to the relevant curricula, with attendance registers and evaluations
  • ES/trainee linkages, with dates of each appraisal held
  • Numbers, and, eventually, outcomes, of each service based assessment trainees undergo, as a measure of programme quality
  • Routine electronic 4 monthly post evaluation questionnaires from each trainee, using the validated deanery “15 standards” proforma, (JEST), summarised for presentation to the appropriate programme leads
  • Examination pass rates and dates achieved by each trainee
  • Higher degrees achieved by trainees (MD, PhD, MMEd etc)
  • Publications and presentations achieved by trainees
  • Consultant appointments achieved by each CCT graduate from our programmes

Monitoring Visits
Monitoring visits have value for the detailed information they can provide, the encouragement and support they offer for local faculty, and to allow the proper recognition of excellent practice in education.

They are, however, very time intensive, and are not undertaken as often as in the past.

Triggered visits take place to units from which the above routine QM data has raised concern that all is not well.

We also undertake a season of visits to trusts randomly selected for the sampling of programme quality, to act as further QM within the Postgraduate School of Medicine. These are undertaken by 2 or more board members, and are summarised in reports citing any areas for improvement and areas of outstandingly good practice from which other Trusts or programmes could learn.

PGSoM board April 2008