Launch of Strategic Framework for Postgraduate Medical Training in Ireland 2021-2030

The Forum of Irish Postgraduate Medical Training Bodies (Forum) was established in December 2006 with the aim of supporting the postgraduate training bodies in maintaining the highest standards in Medical Education and Training in Ireland. The postgraduate training bodies, through the Forum, provide a key leadership role in the promotion of a common strategic policy with a shared vision and common goals for excellence in postgraduate medical education and training.

Postgraduate medical specialists are key to the effective provision of the Irish healthcare sector. The COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically highlighted important fault lines within the Irish health service and the medical workforce now faces profound challenges within a difficult healthcare environment. This calls for speedy and effective action to support recruitment and retention of a skilled medical workforce. Hence, there is a pressing need to ensure that the postgraduate medical training programmes are responsive to the changing healthcare needs of the Irish population. In addition we must support the career aspirations of medical trainees and those working within the health sector in order to deliver high quality medical care within the Irish health and social care system now and into the future.

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The Forum has now developed a Strategic Framework in order to guide the strategic development of postgraduate medical education and training in the decade to 2030. This Framework aims to identify the key areas for immediate and longer term action and outline a roadmap for postgraduate medical training with quality assurance measures which will align with identified workforce planning needs and major policy initiatives across the health system in Ireland. The Framework is designed to provide leadership and direction while allowing maximum flexibility for implementation over time as circumstances change and develop.

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