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Eating Disorders

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 15th March 2019.

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Photo of Paul Farrelly Paul Farrelly Labour, Newcastle-under-Lyme

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what progress is being made towards standardised training for doctors and health professionals on eating disorders.

Photo of Jackie Doyle-Price Jackie Doyle-Price The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

Health Education England continues to work with stakeholders including patient groups, eating disorder charities, the General Medical Council (GMC), Academy of Medical Royal Colleges, and the Medical Schools Council and is contributing to ongoing work to standardise the undergraduate and postgraduate training for doctors across the specialties, sharing best practice, learning and expertise across the wider workforce and health care professionals.

Each individual medical school sets its own undergraduate medical curriculum. These must meet the standards set by the GMC, which then monitors schools to make sure that these standards are maintained. The GMC sets out the knowledge, skills and behaviours that new United Kingdom medical graduates must be able to demonstrate. All doctors including general practitioners will receive training that will enable them to identify the conditions, take appropriate action and refer as appropriate.

The curricula for postgraduate specialty training are set by individual royal colleges and faculties, and the GMC approves curricula and assessment systems for each training programme.

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