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National training survey 2013. Agenda. Why the survey matters Survey content NTS 2012: what the survey told us last year Protecting your identity How to take part. Why the survey matters. Why the survey matters.

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  • Why the survey matters
  • Survey content
  • NTS 2012: what the survey told us last year
  • Protecting your identity
  • How to take part
why the survey matters1
Why the survey matters
  • The survey is your opportunity to help improve the quality of postgraduate and foundation training across the UK.
  • The results make a difference:
    • Deaneries and local education and training boards work closely with local education providers to investigate the issues which emerge from the survey and, where necessary, take action.
    • Deans report to the GMC on the action they have taken. Their reports are available at
why the survey matters2
Why the survey matters

It is a core part of the work the GMC does to monitor the quality of medical education and training in the UK.

Based on survey results the, GMC has been working with the College of Emergency Medicine to undertake a series of checks to investigate supervision and training in emergency departments and identify good practice that can be shared – the report is due this spring.

The GMC has used data captured through the survey to inform a review of training in a number of small specialties. These reviews have led to action plans which have been jointly agreed with the medical royal colleges.

Data from the survey is also used by the GMC to help identify issues to investigate in Regional QA Visits and as part of its review of Academic Training Pathways.

survey content1
Survey content
  • Generic training questions

these are general questions about the training you are involved with.

  • Specialty specific questions

these are customised questions about your specialty, including academic questions if you are an academic trainee.

nts 2012 what the survey told us
NTS 2012: what the survey told us

In 2012, 95% or 51,316 doctors in training responded to the survey. Of these:

  • 81.1% rated the quality of experience in their current post as good or excellent.
  • 98.5% of trainees have a dedicated educational supervisor who is responsible for their appraisal.
  • 85.1% said they always knew their who their clinical supervisor was and that they were easily accessible.

NTS 2012: what the survey told us

  • 40.9% of trainees reported their working patterns led to them feeling short of sleep at work on either a daily, weekly or monthly basis.

This finding is echoed in research commissioned by the GMC into the impact of the Working Time Regulations. The GMC will be working with medical royal colleges, postgraduate deaneries / local education and training boards, employers and doctors in training to highlight good practice in designing rotas, and to review how working patterns are managed and monitored.

32.7% of trainees said they never or rarely received informal feedback from a senior clinician, supervisor or senior colleague.

The Foundation Programme has addressed concern about poor feedback to doctors in training by introducing the concept of supervised learning events (SLEs), which promote feedback from educational supervisors. The survey includes questions about the effectiveness of SLEs.

2,444 trainees raised a concern about patient safety. 2,053 of the comments reported specific concerns regarding issues within a training environment, while 391 of the comments raised more generic issues.

The GMC works closely with deaneries / local education and training boards to ensure concerns about patient safety are investigated and addressed.

NTS 2012: what the survey told us

protecting your identity1
Protecting your identity
  • Individual responses are held confidentially and survey results are reported anonymously.
  • Where survey responses are fewer than three, they will be aggregated to protect trainees’ anonymity.
  • The GMC has a duty to follow up any concerns relating to patient safety, and works closely with deaneries / local education and training boards to ensure concerns are investigated and addressed.
how to take part1
How to take part
  • Don’t wait for an invitation.
  • Log on to GMC Online after 26 March 2013*.
  • Your survey will be waiting for you to complete – if it is not there, contact your deanery / local education and training board survey team.
  • The GMC and your deanery / local education and training board will send you reminder emails and text messages during the survey period.
  • You must complete your survey submission by midday on 8 May 2013.

*Non medical public health trainees will not access the survey via GMC Online. They will be invited to take part by their faculty.

who takes part
Who takes part
  • Foundation trainees (F1 and F2 trainees on a foundation programme)
  • Core trainees
  • Higher specialty training, including SpR and GP trainees
  • FTSTA trainees, LAT trainees
  • Military trainees – all military trainees working within the service on all approved programmes
  • Trainees in Clinical Lecturer and Academic Clinical Fellowship posts approved by the GMC
  • Trainees working for non-NHS organisations, e.g. occupational medicine and palliative medicine
  • Non-medical public health trainees*.

*Non medical public health trainees will not access the survey via GMC Online. They will be invited to take part by their faculty.

not taking part
Not taking part
  • Trainees on out of programme training (OOPT) or out of programme research (OOPR) on the launch date (26 March)
  • Trainees on maternity leave on the launch date
  • Doctors who have been awarded their CCT, but are awaiting a consultant post (in their grace period).
key dates
Key dates
  • ASAP:

Ensure you have access to your GMC Online account

  • 26 March:

The launch date for the survey

  • 26 March – 8 May:

Log on to GMC Online to take part in the survey

  • 8 May:

Survey closes

  • 12 June:
    • National key findings report published. This gives an overview of the main findings from the survey.
    • Online reporting tool launched. This allows for in depth exploration of the results as they relate to specific deaneries / local education and training boards and trusts.
  • From the autumn:

Publication of report on questions about patient safety, care in the training environment, clinical supervision out of hours and undermining.

further information
Further information
  • The national training survey is developed and delivered in collaboration with local postgraduate deans and medical royal colleges and faculties.
  • For additional information please visit the survey website:
  • If you have any comments or queries please contact