Better training for GPs than other specialities

GP registrars are more likely than any other junior doctors to be satisfied with their training, according to the first National Trainee Survey.

On virtually every count of satisfaction, GP registrars scored higher than their colleagues in hospital-based specialties in 2006. GP registrars made up 15 per cent of the survey respondents.

The survey, by the Postgraduate Medical Education and Training Board, found that registrars were more satisfied with the quality of their training and felt they were better supervised than doctors in other specialties.

The lowest levels of satisfaction were reported by surgery trainees.

Full results of the survey come as incoming GP registrars escaped virtually unscathed from the Medical Training Application Service difficulties that have beset the rest of the profession.

BMA GP registrars committee chairman Dr Andrew Thomson said: ‘Training in general practice is far more fit for purpose than other areas of medical training. This survey confirms that, and it is good news, but not a complete surprise.’

RCGP chairman Professor Mayur Lakhani said: ‘These findings are a tribute to the hard work and enthusiasm of GP trainers.’

Almost 10 times as many surgical SHOs as GP registrars in the survey considered their training post very poor.

And GP registrars were eight times less likely to rate the supervision they received as very poor compared with surgery trainees.

Only 0.2 per cent of registrars described their supervision as very poor compared with 1.6 per cent of surgical SHOs. Ninety per cent of registrars rated their supervisor as competent.

At 6 per cent, GP registrars also reported the lowest incidence of workplace bullying. But seven of the 22 GPs in the armed forces reported workplace bullying.

The full report of the National Trainee Survey carried out between May and August last year was published last week.

Nearly 25,000 trainers took part. It will be mandatory to respond to the 2007 survey and trainers will also be surveyed.

The aim of the survey was to improve training. Deaneries have been told where their performance was low but these data have not been publicly released.

Dr Thomson predicted satisfaction would fall among all trainee doctors in the 2007 results because of the MTAS fiasco.

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