PMCV Accreditation Guide 2018 v1 Postgraduate Medical Council of Victoria Inc. 4 1.4 Purpose and principles of prevocational medical training accreditation The PMCV has delegated functions in relation to intern accreditation from the MBA. In addition, the DHHS has authorised PMCV to review postgraduate year two posts (PGY2). Accreditation of prevocational medical training programs and posts is a process undertaken by an accreditation authority (PMCV) that establishes and monitors standards to ensure high quality clinical training for junior doctors (interns and PGY2s) that is safe, supportive and appropriately supervised. The approach adopted by PMCV includes: • Quality assurance, involving facility self-evaluation and external peer review of compliance with the standards, and remediation following review (conditions); • Quality improvement, involving peer review with a focus on excellence identifying commendations (best practice) and recommendations for improvement; and • Continuous improvement, involving ongoing monitoring by the facility itself as well as regular formal reviews by the accreditation authority. The duration of accreditation decisions is based on the assessment process and recommendations assist the facility/ training program provider to improve the education and training of junior doctors and to provide the best possible environment for the training of junior doctors. The following principles underpin the PMCV accreditation process: i. Promotes safe and high-quality patient care as a primary consideration. ii. Promotes the safety and welfare of the junior doctors who play a key role in the delivery of patient care. iii. All intern training posts will be accredited and all PGY2 posts will be reviewed. iv. Promotes an appropriate balance between service and training elements and fosters quality education, training and support for junior doctors. v. Involves a global assessment of the intern and/or PGY2 training program provided by a facility/training provider and further review at a facility, site and unit level as issues arise from pre-visit documentation or during the survey visit. vi. Involves a regular cycle with specified reporting between visits to support continuous quality improvement in educational programs, supervision and service delivery. vii. Uses documented procedures and decision-making is based on documented evidence collected as part of a facility accreditation submission. viii. The accreditation standards and process are reviewed on a regular basis. ix. Accredited intern training programs will enable interns to progress to general medical registration.