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Medical Education England

Volume 479: debated on Monday 1 September 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health for what reasons Medical Education England will not have a commissioning function in addition to its advisory role, as referred to on page 73 of High Quality Care for All, Cm 7432. (221053)

The Next Stage Review document “A High Quality Workforce” sets out the role and remit of Medical Education England in more detail than “High Quality Care for All”. It clarifies and confirms the role of the strategic health authorities (SHA) as commissioners of education. They are best placed to translate the workforce plans submitted by providers into education commissions, taking a whole system approach rather than just focussing on individual professions.

The role of Medical Education England (MEE) in an advisory and scrutiny role will enable them to provide an overview of commissions at a local and national level and enable them to provide advice to the Department. This function could not be effectively performed if MEE were also commissioners of education.

Professor Sir John Tooke provides a response to “A High Quality Workforce” in the document, in which he states

“I am particularly pleased to see the creation of Medical Education England which will give a strong voice and the scrutiny function that it needs”.