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Employers using the blueprint can learn about what GMC assess international medical graduates on during the PLAB test and what GMC don’t.
Employers will be able understand how the test assesses candidates on the common, important or acute conditions (those typically common in emergency departments) and the management of long term conditions seen in primary care. However, it excludes the advanced duties of general practice. The test assesses candidates on those conditions that are typically faced by junior doctors just starting their second year of the Foundation Programme training (F2).
By constructing the blueprint using both Hospital Episode Statistics (HES) for all UK countries and the NHS Read codes, GMC have made sure that the topic areas are reflective of the typical workload of a junior doctor entering F2.
By familiarizing themselves with the test blueprint, employers can understand what GMC expect of doctors passing the PLAB test and the level at which they are assessed. This will help employers when they come to carry out their pre-employment checks to satisfy themselves that doctors have the necessary knowledge, skills and experience for the role they’re required to do.