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Satisfaction in training continues to increase but concerns remain, reveals GMC survey

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13 Jun 2013

Doctors in training believe their overall experience is good - but for the second year running concerns have been raised about working long hours and poor handover arrangements before and after night duty.

The findings come today as the GMC publishes the results of its annual survey which asked 54,000 doctors in training in the UK for their views on the quality of their training. The survey is one of the largest of its kind anywhere in the world and this year 97.7% of doctors in training responded - the highest response since the survey began in 2006.

Overall, the survey shows that satisfaction remains high with just over 80% satisfied with their training. However some key concerns have been highlighted. Over half of the doctors surveyed (58.5%) said they worked beyond their agreed hours on a daily or weekly basis. 20% surveyed said handover arrangements before and after night duty were informal or that there were no arrangements at all.

Other figures show that:

• Over 80% knew who to talk to in confidence if they had personal or educational concerns compared with 77% last year.
• Over 90% felt they were supervised by someone who was competent to do so.
• Just over 80% said they were very or fairly confident that their job would help them learn what they needed to at this stage of their training.

The GMC will work with those who train doctors, including managers and medical directors to bring about further improvements and change.

Niall Dickson, Chief Executive of the General Medical Council, said:
'Almost 98% of doctors in training have told us about their experiences and we are greatly encouraged by the continued increase in satisfaction with their training.

'We have been doing this survey for a number of years and we know the value it has for employers and those responsible for training our future doctors. Doctors in training provide frontline care to patients so it is vital that we use these results to make sure their training environment continues to improve and to be safe for patients.'

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