GMC publishes results of 2023 National Training Survey

The General Medical Council (GMC) has published the results of its 2023 National Training Survey

11 July 2023

The details of the report will be of keen interest to employers and educators particularly given the focus on medical education in NHS England's Long Term Workforce Plan.


Today (11 July) the GMC published the latest results of its annual training survey for junior doctors in the NHS. The report has shown that trainees continue to rate the overall quality of medical education highly, with this year's report showing particularly good results for innovations used to support training recovery following the pandemic.

However, burnout levels and high intensity of workloads continue to cause concerns with many trainers reporting that they didn't have the time they need to delivery training.

For the first time questions within the report asked about topics such as unfair treatment, stereotyping and confidence in reporting discriminatory or unprofessional behaviours. Responses show a number of trainees had faced discrimination in one or more of these areas.

Report highlights:

  • 86 per cent of trainees rated clinical supervision highly and 83 per cent reported they had a good or very good experience in post.
  • 89 per cent of trainers enjoyed their training role, however 31 per cent reported they were not always able to use their time allocated for training.
  • 52 per cent of trainers and 66 per cent of trainees were at moderate or high risk of burnout.
  • Of the trainees that responded to the new questions around discrimination 27 per cent had experience micro-aggressions in the workplace and 28 per cent had heard insults, stereotyping or jokes related to one of the nine protected characteristics.
  • 12 per cent of trainees said they had been intentionally humiliated in front of others.

The 2023 National Training Survey was completed by more than 70,000 doctors who are either in training or who act as trainers.

We would love to hear your views on the 2023 National Training Survey, please contact us.