National training survey 2011: report published

Most training and supervision of junior doctors is good, but there are serious concerns that need to be tackled urgently, according to the General Medical Council.The original article can be found on: General Medical Council


The GMC has today published its annual survey of junior doctors (National Training Survey 2011) which provides a comprehensive picture of the views, experience and perceptions of more than 46,000 doctors in training working across the UK, providing care and treatment for millions of patients. “Trainee doctors are the future of healthcare in this country – the training they receive now will affect the care delivered in every hospital ward and GP surgery for years to come. The stakes are high; we simply must get it right.”- Niall Dickson, the Chief Executive of the GMC

Overall satisfaction with training is continuing to increase, with 79% of doctors rating their training as excellent.

But while most training is meeting the standards set out by the GMC, trainees have identified some areas where it is not satisfactory. The GMC is calling on senior doctors, managers and medical educators to help tackle these concerns.

In particular some doctors say they do not feel adequately prepared for their future roles, with 25% of newly qualified doctors saying they did not feel ready to take the next step in their careers.  Some trainees (22%) reported that on a regular basis they were forced to cope with challenges for which they felt inadequately prepared.

The need for improved supervision and feedback was also identified, with over a quarter (28%) of trainees reporting that they rarely or never received feedback from senior colleagues.

Trainees continued to raise concerns about the Working Time Regulations. Almost two-thirds said they regularly worked more than the limit of 48 hours a week. A significant minority (31%) said it was taking them longer to meet the competences they need in their training within the 48-hour working week, which was introduced in 2009.

The GMC will now work with senior doctors, managers and medical educators to bring about improvement and change. This includes consulting on proposals for the approval and recognition of trainers to help strengthen arrangements for support and supervision.

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