Deanery Quality Management


KSS Quality Manual.pdf


The purpose of Quality Management is to gather information to ensure that the curriculum is being delivered by trainers to all trainees within the KSS Deanery.

Interested parties and Responsibilities:


GMC Quality Assurance

The General Medical Council (GMC) protects the public by ensuring proper standards in the practice of medicine. We do this by setting and regulating professional standards

The GMC identified three levels of quality activity: Quality Assurance, Quality Management and Quality Control.

Quality Assurance is the overarching activity under which both quality management and quality control sit. It includes all the policies, standards, systems and processes that are in place to maintain and improve the quality of medical education and training in the UK. This is the responsibility of the GMC and is based on their statutory remit.

Quality Management is the responsibility of postgraduate deaneries. It refers to the processes through which this body ensure that the training their medical students and trainee doctors are receiving from local education providers (LEPs), such as NHS trusts, meets the GMC's standards. The KSS Deanery Quality Manual is available for download on the right hand side of the page.

LEPs are in turn responsible for Quality Control, i.e. ensuring that the education they are providing meets local, national and professional standards.


The KSS Quality Management System comprises three interrelated elements:

  1. Contract Review foregrounds LEP infrastructure and strategic planning for PGME.
  2. Hospital Visiting foregrounds the clinical appropriateness of posts for PGME.
  3. Local Academic Boards [LABs] and Local Faculty Groups [LFGs] foreground progression of postgraduate doctors through their programmes and support Local Faculty development.

The information gleaned from the Quality management System processes feed into the annual Deanery Report that KSS submits to the GMC every year by the end of January.

Deanery Report to the GMC - Process Timeline and Responsibilities