GMC survey to assess COVID impact on GP training

Disruption to training for thousands of GPs during the COVID-19 pandemic will be fully evaluated for the first time in a GMC survey later this year.

The National Training Survey (NTS), which is open to 100,000 doctors from numerous disciplines, will ask clinicians about workload and burnout during training in the last year.

It will also question GP trainees and educators about time available to deliver or receive training; access to break rooms and study spaces, and incivility and rudeness in the workplace.

Last year the GMC survey found that four in five trainee doctors had seen their training disrupted or limited by the pandemic, while two fifths said their work was emotionally exhausting to a high or very high degree.

COVID impact

However, last year’s survey was scaled back because of disruption caused by the pandemic. This year’s NTS will be the first full survey since the pandemic began, and will provide a detailed picture of how coronavirus has impacted on doctors’ training and career progression.

The 2019 NTS was completed by more than 75,000 doctors, including around 95% of trainees.

The GMC says responses to the survey help it, medical education bodies and employers ensure trainees receive high quality training and that trainers are properly supported.

Around 11,000 GP trainees and 7,000 GP trainers are eligible to complete the survey, which closes on Tuesday 18 May.

GP training

Professor Colin Melville, the GMC’s medical director and director of education and standards, said: ‘The pandemic continues to have a huge impact on all aspects of healthcare.

‘The NTS will help us understand the extent of that impact on training. The responses will influence our work, with others, to help make sure training recovers as we move on from this extraordinary time.

‘But to do so effectively we need to have input from as many doctors as possible, trainers as well as trainees from all parts of the UK and from across different specialties and workplaces. Every voice counts.’

You can complete the annual training survey here.

Have you registered with us yet?

Register now to enjoy more articles and free email bulletins

Register

Already registered?

Sign in

Follow Us:

Just published

GP contract update delivers extra PCN cash and £50m for new enhanced services

GP contract update delivers extra PCN cash and £50m for new enhanced services

An update to the GP contract agreement for 2021/22 has set out details of enhanced...

CQC rejects call for independent review to look at BAME bias in ratings

CQC rejects call for independent review to look at BAME bias in ratings

The CQC has rejected calls for an independent review of its ratings process to look...

GMC reforms 'unfair on ill doctors' and could drive up investigations

GMC reforms 'unfair on ill doctors' and could drive up investigations

Planned GMC reforms could lead to unfair treatment of doctors who are ill and drive...

Map: Which CCGs have the highest COVID-19 vaccine coverage?

Map: Which CCGs have the highest COVID-19 vaccine coverage?

Tens of millions of COVID-19 jabs have been administered across England, but how...

UK COVID-19 vaccination programme tracker

UK COVID-19 vaccination programme tracker

GPs across the UK are playing a leading role in the largest-ever NHS vaccination...

Postcoital bleeding - red flag symptoms

Postcoital bleeding - red flag symptoms

Postcoital bleeding may have a serious cause. This article explores questions to...