GP trainees report higher satisfaction than other specialties

GP trainees self-report slightly higher satisfaction than the average rate among UK medical trainees, results from a comprehensive GMC survey of doctors in postgraduate training has revealed.

Two in five (43%) trainees described their workload as intense, while half (52%) said it was ‘about right’, according to preliminary survey results from the national training survey 2016.

A more detailed report analysing the results and detailing future changes is scheduled for release this autumn.

Overall satisfaction for trainees in GP training programmes was 84%, compared to a UK-wide average of 81%, which also includes GP trainees.

The GP figure includes GP trainees currently working in primary and secondary care settings.

Most trainees said their general training environment was supportive (89%), a slight increase over last year (86%). Some 85% said they thought they had good or excellent clinical supervision with safe, practical learning opportunities.

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The survey incorporates responses from 55,000 doctors undergoing postgraduate training, a 98.7% response rate. Views from 45,000 trainers were also included for the first time.

Only half (47%) of trainers agreed that they are always able to use the time allocated to them in their role as an educator for training purposes. Nearly 93% said they enjoyed their role.

GMC chief executive Niall Dickson said: ‘These results confirm that doctors are working in what are often difficult circumstances and that education and training is under significant pressure throughout the NHS.

‘We know too that for a variety of reasons many doctors in training feel alienated and undervalued which makes it all the more remarkable that this comprehensive survey shows that they remain largely satisfied with their training – and that is a testament to those who deliver that training and support every day.

‘We now expect local organisations to scrutinise the data that applies to them, and to identify and take prompt action to address any specific local concerns. At the same time, we will analyse the results and consider broader issues raised by doctors in training, including how well supported and supervised they feel, and the effectiveness of local reporting systems when issues arise.’

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