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New model for intern year governance being progressed

By Catherine Reilly - 23rd Jul 2023


A model for a single independent national body responsible for the governance of intern training is being developed.

The HSE confirmed that funding was provided to the Irish Medical Schools Council (IMSC) to support the development of the new governance model.

In December, the Medical Council requested the IMSC to propose a governance and operational model for a “single independent national body with responsibility and accountability for governance of intern training”.

The matter was discussed at a meeting in March of the Medical Intern Board (MIB), according to minutes released by the HSE under Freedom of Information law.

In February, the IMSC, Medical Council, and Intern Network Executive met to discuss the request. Subsequently, the Heads of the medical schools submitted a funding request to HSE National Doctors Training and Planning (NDTP) for a project team to develop options.

The MIB was established by NDTP and the Medical Council in 2017 to develop and oversee reforms of the intern year. They described a “fragmented” governance system for the intern year, which had compromised their ability to undertake statutory roles in an efficient manner.

The development of a national curriculum is among the reforms being progressed. The MIB recently “finalised” a curriculum framework following an external review process, according to the HSE.

The MIB is currently exploring off-the-shelf technology solutions to identify “a suitable platform for the piloting phase of the curriculum based on agreed criteria”. The cost and timelines for implementation will be dependent on the platform selected, added the HSE’s spokesperson.

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