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Core Curriculum: CiP 2

Capability in Practice 2: The doctor is able to work effectively within health organisations.

This CiP is grouped under Professional Identity 1: Healthcare Professional.

Key Skills


Aware of the healthcare systems in the four nations of the UK

  • Understands the NHS constitution and its founding principles.
  • Understands how healthcare services are currently commissioned and funded and the key organisational structures. 
  • Understands the role of government and the agencies and public bodies who work with the department of health.
  • Appreciates the role of third sector organisations  in healthcare.
  • Demonstrates an awareness of budget and resource management

Aware of and adheres to legal principles and professional requirements

  • Understands the legislative and regulatory framework within which healthcare is provided in the four nations of the UK.
  • Follows GMC guidance on professionalism and confidentiality (Adheres to GMC Good Medical Practice)
  • Understands the human rights principles and legal issues surrounding informed consent and respectful care– including key legal rulings.

Aware of ethical principles

    • Understands ethical principles and how these underpin practice.
    • Acts professionally in difficult ethical situations.


Participates in clinical governance processes

  • Follows safety processes that exist locally and nationally.
  • Actively engages in a culture that promotes safety.
  • Participates in incident investigations and links recommendations to quality improvement.
  • Discloses harmful patient safety incidents to patients and their families accurately and appropriately (exercises within the Duty of Candour).
  • Demonstrates humanity and empathy for both first and second victims of adverse incidents.
  • Actively engage with and learn from women and families in improving patient safety and experience
  • Understands the ways in which incidents can be investigated and the theory that underpins this.

Works effectively within the digital environment

  • Understands the principles of data governance and the legislation around data protection
  • Understands the need for proactive and responsible interaction with digital platforms.
  • Effectively signposts patients and health professionals to patient support websites and newsletters.
  • Is able to work with patients to interpret information in the public domain.
  • Maintains an appropriate digital persona.
  • Demonstrates ability to interact appropriately with women’s concerns and public campaigns

Evidence to inform decision

  • CbD
  • TO2 (includes SO)
  • Local and Deanery Teaching
  • RCOG eLearning
  • Audit
  • Quality improvement
  • Incident reporting and investigation
  • Complaint management
  • Attendance at governance meetings
  • Debrief
  • MRCOG Part 2

Mapping to GPCs

Domain 1: Professional values and behaviours 

Domain 3: Professional knowledge

  • Professional requirements
  • National legislative structure
  • The health service and healthcare systems in the four nations

Domain 4: Capabilities in health promotion and illness prevention

Domain 5: Capabilities in leadership and teamworking

Domain 6: Capabilities in patient safety and quality improvement

  • Patient safety
  • Quality improvement

Domain 8: Capabilities in education and training

Domain 9: Capabilities in research and scholarship