NHS Employers welcomes report on progression of doctors in training

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13 / 3 / 2015 Midnight

The General Medical Council (GMC) has published a report which highlights many of the factors that affect the progression of junior doctors in the UK. The report is based on two sets of data - examination results from more than 100 different exams and recruitment outcomes for applications to specialty training from 2012 to 2014.

The interactive report will be useful to employers who provide workplace post graduate medical education and training in the UK. NHS Employers welcomes the publication and the encouraging data that highlights the numbers and backgrounds of doctors that enter specialty training. The report also reveals that the vast majority of doctors who leave the NHS after their foundation programme typically come back into the NHS to complete their training at a later date.

Some of the findings from the report include:

On specialty recruitment -

  • Black and minority ethnic applicants were less likely to be offered a placement on a training programme than white doctors were.
  • Doctors who had attended UK medical schools were more likely to be offered places than those who did not attend UK medical schools.

On examination results -

  • Women were more likely to pass exams than men were.
  • Doctors currently in a UK training programme were more likely to pass exams than those who were not.

Danny Mortimer, chief executive of NHS Employers said:The openness of these interactive reports is a first step in increasing understanding of what’s behind variations in doctors’ attainments. With that knowledge the NHS can improve training, share good practice and ensure that all doctors in training have a fair opportunity to demonstrate that they are meeting high standards."

NHS Employers has published a press statement welcoming the report. The full report on progression of doctors in training can be found on the GMCs website.

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