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Wolfson Research Institute for Health and Wellbeing

Research Impact

An initial analysis of Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 impact case studies finds that over 80 per cent of the REF impact case studies included underpinning research that was multidisciplinary.

This report captures an initial analysis of 6,679 impact case studies that were submitted to the 2014 Research Excellence Framework. The case studies outline changes and benefits to the economy, society, culture, policy, health, the environment and quality of life — both within the UK and overseas.

to view the full findings of this report please visit the HEFCE website here.

Research by Centre for Medical Education Research at Durham University inform change of national policy on the regulation of overseas doctors

Niall Dickson, Chief Executive of the GMC, commented:

‘In the UK we rely on the skills, dedication and professionalism of doctors who have trained overseas. At the same time the GMC as the regulator, and employers, must make sure that every doctor practising here is properly trained and skilled to undertake the vital duties they are given. This has been a thorough review and its recommendations, which we fully accept, will help to make our test for overseas trained doctors as robust and effective as possible, ensuring that those who are admitted to the register are of the right standard.

Recommendations from two studies carried out at Durham University have been supported by the GMC and will led to policy change.”

The research by the team showed that performance on the Professional Linguistic Assessment Board exam as well as language ability was associated with later concerns regarding clinical and professional practice. The researchers suggested limiting the number of resits, raising the pass mark and increasing the language requirements for overseas doctors wishing to practise in the UK.