GMC National Training Survey 2014

young doctors

23 / 6 / 2014 2.13pm

This year’s survey had a record response rate of over 98 per cent.


Published on 23 June 2014, this year’s findings show that just over 81 per cent of trainees are satisfied with their training, which is slightly up from the score of 80.8 per cent in 2013.

Overall, satisfaction levels remain high and are increasing. This is good news and a testament to the hard work of those involved in delivering postgraduate training.

It is particularly good to see such high rates and increases in satisfaction in the two specialties where we need to improve recruitment – Emergency Medicine and General Practice.

Indicators are improving in the provision of induction - a critical factor in delivering high quality and safe patient care.

The range and breadth of experience achieved is improving although there is still room for improvement.

It was highlighted that the ability to deliver trend information at such a granular level is a hugely powerful tool in helping organisations to target improvements in how our future doctors develop.  It will be especially helpful when considering how innovations being developed as part of Health Education England’s ‘Better Training, Better Care’ programme, are implemented at the employer level – being able to see which projects will have the most beneficial effects on the quality of training and for patients.

Room for improvement

Handover is the lowest scored indicator, albeit improving, indicating that some junior doctors still lack confidence in the efficacy of their handover arrangements. The ‘Better Training, Better Care’ pilot programme includes a number of new and adapted handover techniques and tools that have significantly improved this aspect of the role for trainees.

It is concerning to see that some employers are slow to make appropriate workplace adjustments for some trainees.  Co-ordination and communication between the LETB and employer is vital to ensure we get this right.

While much has been done to improve the transition from medical student to doctor, it is still discouraging to see such a difference in satisfaction between foundation doctors and higher trainees, especially in surgery. 

While the most satisfied with their overall training, the survey results indicate that placements in posts outside of general practice are still less satisfactory for this group.  Employers and LETBs may wish to look at where these trainees are placed and how integrated their training and experience is with the rest of the medical team.

Commenting on the findings in a media statement, Gill Bellord, director of employment relations and reward said: "This report is a useful tool which gives organisations enough detail to help them make targeted decisions about areas that can improve, as well as to see that standards are very high overall.

"The picture is one of continued improvement and this reflects the quality of local and national postgraduate education programmes."

Further details

Access the survey results on the GMC website

Read NHS Employers media statement

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