GP trainees are passed without meeting standards, GMC survey finds

One in 10 GP trainers say that trainees are being signed off without reaching required standards, a GMC survey has found.

Mr Dickson: the GMC will work with Postgraduate Deaneries and the NHS to find effective training solutions

‘The National Training Surveys 2010’ shows that, although most GP trainees rate their practical experience highly, GP trainers’ responses suggest a decline in standards.  

The survey found that 10% of GP trainers are aware of trainees being signed off on their annual review of competence progression (ARCP), record of in-training assessment (RITA), or foundation training without reaching the appropriate standard.

It also said GP trainers felt 10% of their trainees were not displaying the expected competencies for the level of training.

GP trainers’ responses also suggest a decline in standards, with 50% agreeing that trainees are less confident and less able to work independently than when they were trainees.

Meanwhile, the data show that 72% of trainees rated their practical experience as good or excellent, and 78% were fairly or very confident in acquiring competencies.

But the figures also show that 6% (276 in total) of trainees who were coming to the end of their training said they were not ready to take up a GP or consultant post.

The top area for under preparedness was for planning and managing the service (198) followed by dealing with managers (151) and clinical (136).

GMC chief executive Niall Dickson: ‘We will not hesitate to step in where we believe trainee doctors are being asked to work beyond their competence or are not receiving the training they need.

‘And we will continue to work closely with Postgraduate Deaneries and the NHS, to find effective solutions where there are specific serious concerns.’

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