The General Medical Council (GMC) has launched its national training survey. The national training survey will be open between 22 July and 12 August and will ask trainees about the quality of training posts and clinical supervision. Doctors in training and their trainers will be eligible to take part. The survey will also include questions on how the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has affected working experiences, training and wellbeing.
You can complete the survey if you were working in a GMC approved training post in the UK between early March 2020 and the end of May. If you were in the following roles or circumstances, you don’t need to take the survey:
- Doctors working in a non-clinical post (such as Public Health Medicine or Pharmaceutical Medicine) or a full time academic post between March 2020 and May 2020.
- Doctors out of training, for any reason, for more than 50% of the time between March 2020 and May 2020.
- Doctors who graduated from medical school during the 2019/20 training year and working in interim FY1 roles.
The results of the survey will be used by the GMC to work with postgraduate deans, royal colleges and employers to tackle concerns raised, share good practice and help to develop supportive and inclusive training environments. In particular, feedback on questions about the pandemic will enable the GMC, deans, royal colleges and employers to identify important learning points that could help health services prepare for similar events in future. The findings will be published in a report at an undisclosed date.
For trainees wishing to raise concerns in the survey, due to the pandemic the survey will not include its usual option to formally report instances of bullying or concerns about patient safety.