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GMC Training Surveys Data Published For Local Action

On 14th July 2016, the General Medical Council (GMC) has released the newest outcomes of its yearly evaluations into medical education and training across the UK.

The National Training Survey (NTS) took opinions from about 55,000 doctors undertaking postgraduate training and also from about 44,000 trainers. From education viewpoint, the trainer’s opinions was taken because the senior doctors are liable for developing the next generation of GPs and Consultants.

The problems raised by the Medical Professional includes the difficulties of dealing with high workloads and the condition of not having always sufficient skilled staff to safeguard that patients received the medical treatment they needed.

An initial outcome from the 2016 doctors in training inspection shows that across the UK:

  • Nearly half believed their job was intense
  • Most of them suppose their general training setting is helpful
  • About nine out of ten report of having good clinical supervision that contains safe, practical learning chances.

The GMC evaluation of senior doctors i.e. trainers found that:

  • About one in seven trainers believe that there are not always adequate staffs to ensure patients are handled by someone who have an appropriate level of clinical knowledge.
  • It can be challenging for many senior doctors to balance service providing with education and using assigned educational time especially for education.
  • Maximum senior doctors who train esteem the working settings in their departments as supportive and appreciate their roles as educators.

Chief Executive of the General Medical Council, Niall Dickson said that this year has been very challenging for many due to the contract argue in England and GMC is thankful to all the doctors’ for taking part in the National Training Survey.

He further added that outcomes of these surveys confirm that medical professional are working in challenging environments and the training and education is in major pressure throughout the NHS. GMC understand the different reasons behind many doctors feeling isolated and undervalued in training. It makes more significant that this complete survey shows that the doctors stay pleased with their training which is verification to those who provide training and support everyday.

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