Quality of GP training ‘best of all specialties'

GP trainees are significantly more satisfied with their training than any other specialty, according to a new national survey.

The National Trainee Survey, jointly run by the Postgraduate Medical Education and Training Board (PMETB) and the Conference of Postgraduate Medical Education Deans (COPMeD), presents the first UK-wide picture of training provision as perceived by trainees.

Between May and July this year, medical trainees from all specialties were asked about their training generally, and more specifically about the quality of supervision.  

The overall satisfaction rate was 85 per cent in general practice, with all other specialties scoring between 70-80 per cent. Trainees in obstetrics and gynaecology were the least satisfied. 

In terms of the quality of supervision, general practice was ranked second out of all specialties with a 90 per cent score. Only pathology rated higher with 91 per cent. 

Dr Anita Thomas, chairman of PMETB’s training committee, said: ‘The survey gives trainees, for the first time, a clear voice in the quality assurance and evaluation of their education and training, against explicit standards.’

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