GMC publishes training survey analysis

Hospital doctors

The General Medical Council (GMC) has published a report on the 2016 national training survey (NTS) results.

The survey is used to measure the quality of postgraduate medical education and training, help employers find out how junior doctors view training within their trust, and develop solutions on how to improve support available for their trainers.


Some of the key findings of this year’s results include:

  • doctors in training reported that they frequently exceed their rostered hours and those with heavy workloads had more patient safety concerns, and were more likely to feel pressured to work beyond their competency
  • many trainers felt they did not have adequate time in their job plan (or equivalent) to fulfil their role as a trainer, and one in ten didn’t feel well supported by their trust or board
  • acute specialities including surgery, emergency medicine, and obstetrics and gynaecology ranked the lowest in key risk areas such as clinical supervision and patient safety.

Daniel Mortimer, chief executive, NHS Employers, said:

“The health and safety of staff and thereby their patients is paramount. Many of the issues highlighted in this report will be mitigated by the new 2016 contract of employment for doctors in training.

“The new contract sets out improved requirements on working hours and adequate rest periods, while the new independent guardian of safe working hours will play a vital role in enforcing them.

“At the same time employers and Health Education England continue to make improvements to the quality of training on offer.”

Next Steps

Employers can download the detailed reports for their trusts on the GMC's website. These results will be key to informing trusts how to develop their training service provision and support their trainers. There are also short summary reports for each of the four countries available, highlighting key points of interest.

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