05 / 6 / 2015 11.30am
The General Medical Council (GMC) has completed its annual national trainee survey for 2015. The survey is used to measure the quality of postgraduate medical education and training, and helps employers find out how junior doctors view training within their trust.
More than 53,000 doctors took part this year and employers are now able to view their trust's results online.
Some of the key findings of this year’s results include responses to new questions on trainees’ working environments. For example:
The GMC plans to publish a report and key findings of the survey in autumn 2015 but you can participate in a webinar hosted by the GMC on 17 June. During the webinar, employers can discuss the outcomes, submit questions, and receive tips on how they can further use the online reporting tool to understand the data available.
- 82.97 per cent of doctors in training rate the quality of their experience as either excellent or good
- 86.7 per cent of doctors in training either agree or strongly agree that, in general, their working environment is supportive
- 82.41 per cent of doctors in training either agree or strongly agree that staff in their department are treated fairly.
Blog from Bill McMillan
Bill McMillan, assistant director of medical pay and workforce at NHS Employers, has written a blog for the GMC explaining how the survey results are a rich source of information for employers in evaluating their own training programmes.
Next year’s survey
The training survey will take place in March 2016, but there will also be a survey of the trainers - the first since 2011. This follows on from a successful pilot by the GMC during 2014, which showed:
- only half of the trainers surveyed feel valued or recognised in their work (52 per cent)
- almost half found balancing time and responsibilities challenging (46 per cent)
- many understood the curricula very well (80 per cent)
- most understood their role as supervisor very well (76 per cent).
The GMC hopes that running both surveys at the same time will allow for a more comprehensive set of data to aid in future workforce planning.
The results of the 2015 trainee survey can be found in the GMC online reporting tool, and the 2014 pilot survey of trainers report can be found on the GMC website. The blog written by Bill McMillan is accessible online, and you can also sign up to the GMC webinar on using the online reporting tool on their website.