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RCSEd Response to Today’s Publication of the 2018 GMC National Training Survey

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30 Nov 2018

Responding to today’s publication of the 2018 GMC National Training Survey, Professor Michael Griffin OBE, President of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh said,

“While we are delighted that most trainees report that they’re satisfied with the teaching and supervision they receive and the hard work trainers do in an ever increasingly busy environment. However, we remain concerned regarding the general lack of satisfaction among surgical trainees at the quality of training, clinical supervision and experience they receive. Proportionally, surgical trainees are the least satisfied. Long hours, an intense workload, short notification of rotas, poor handover arrangements and insufficient time designated for training are among a range of concerns cited.

“Surgery is also perceived to be the speciality least supportive of less than full-time training.

“The NHS needs to address these issues urgently if it is serious about creating a world class working environment and develop the next generation of skilled and motivated surgeons. Our report on Improving the Working Environment for Safe Surgical Care makes a number of recommendations in this regard, and we seek action to support trainees now and in the future.”


About The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh

RCSEd (www.rcsed.ac.uk) was first incorporated in as the Barber Surgeons of Edinburgh in 1505, and is one of the oldest surgical corporations in the world with memberships approaching 25,000 over 100 countries worldwide. The College promotes the highest standards of surgical and dental practice through its examinations, and is also increasingly involved in the provision of surgical training and education, offering the UK’s only Faculty of Surgical Trainers, open to all those with an interest in surgical training regardless of College affiliation. RCSEd’s commercial enterprises offer conferencing and event facilities at The Playfair Building, Symposium Hall and Quincentenary Hall, and runs the Ten Hill Place Hotel.

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The College is based at Nicolson Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9DW and can be reached on (0)131 527 1600 or mail@rcsed.ac.uk.

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