Completing a Survey

UK Doctors Needed for GMC Training Survey

Doctors across the UK are being urged to share their experience of workplace learning, support and supervision, as the General Medical Council (GMC) launches its annual survey on medical training.

Last year, more than 70,000 doctors across England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales completed the survey, revealing a compelling picture of what is working well and what needs to be improved.

The responses to the survey will help the GMC, medical education bodies and employers make sure that people are supported in their roles.

The results are due to be published later this year, at which point trusts, boards and individual sites will analyse the data to identify any areas in need of attention.

Questions cover topics such as:

  • discriminatory behaviours in the workplace.
  • the quality of teaching, supervision and experience.
  • workloads and burnout. 
  • time available to deliver, receive or catch-up on training. 
  • access to break rooms, study spaces and study leave.
  • impact of incivility and rudeness on workplaces.

The survey is confidential and contains multiple choice questions, the responses to which are published as aggregated totals. To further protect identity, results in departments with fewer than 3 responses are not reported.

Professor Colin Melville, the GMC’s Medical Director and Director of Education and Standards, said: 

‘Access to high-quality training is absolutely vital, not just for the progression of doctors and their development but in helping to maintain patient safety.”

‘Every year, the national training survey plays a significant role in highlighting areas where there is great practice, and those where more attention is needed, not just from the perspective of those learning, but also those training.

‘This is an important opportunity for all trainees and trainers to tell us about their experiences. The information they provide is key and goes a long way to ensuring the continued high quality of medical training in the UK.’

The survey is open until midday on Thursday 2nd May.

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