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GP trainees more satisfied with job than other doctors

GP trainees are more satisfied with their training, overall, than their peers in other specialty or foundation training programmes, according to the GMC’s National Training Survey (NTS).

Across all programmes, trainees’ 'overall satisfaction' with their training was 81.6%, while the GMC told Pulse that GP trainees – across hospital and practice placements - reported an overall satisfaction of 84.2%.

The survey also found that, across all programmes, almost half of trainees (43.2% ) reported their workload intensity as ‘heavy or very heavy’, and most said their training environment was supportive (89% ) and said clinical supervision was good or excellent (84.6%)

The results provide a breakdown by local deanery level across a range of standards including workload, clinical support and whether their programme provided adequate experience of the role.

The National Training Survey also asked GP trainers for their views on training. They rated the levels of support they receive in their role the best of any specialty and also said their role was well recognised in appraisals.

But GP trainers were the least likely to strongly agree that they had a comprehensive understanding of the curriculum, 60%, compared to 81% of doctors in specialty training, and 62% of foundation trainers.

GMC chief executive Niall Dickson said the results confirm doctors are working in 'often difficult circumstances’ and that training is 'under significant pressure’.

He added: 'We now expect local organisations to scrutinise the data that applies to them, and to identify and take prompt action to address any specific local concerns.

'At the same time, we will analyse the results and consider broader issues raised by doctors in training, including how well supported and supervised they feel, and the effectiveness of local reporting systems when issues arise.’

The differences in satisfaction could have been impacted by the Jeremy Hunt’s ongoing conflict with junior doctors over plans to impose a contract extending routine working hours in the evenings and on Saturdays.

Readers' comments (6)

  • Isn't this like being the happiest chicken in the battery shed?

    We are all trapped in an unhealthy existence with our masters.

    That some of us have a nice view from our cage is a distraction.

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  • ..absolutely. Just because the prisoners on the open wing are more satisfied than those in solitary it doesn't follow that inmates in general are a satisfied bunch.

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  • GP trainees know fcuk all about the real general practice and its politics waiting for them after they qualify. Ignorance is bliss. Stay away.

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  • Yes things are bad in gp land and we need to discuss this, but for goodness sake moaning about it all the time is not going to help and medical students and founations doctors are being put off at how miserable we all are.

    I spent time at work selling gp as the wonderful job it is and i wish we would do the same. In no other job is it as easy to go part time or locum as it is in gp and this is something we need to sell to the upcoming generation

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  • Honesty is the best policy. I'll start telling medical students how brilliant GP is when I can stop the fluoxetine, and no longer cry that I'm stuck in this speciality. I'll tell them it's brilliant the day I stop believing I've wasted my life doing this. I'll tell them how brilliant it is when I stop wishing somebody had said 'stop' when I filled in the application form.

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  • @ Francis - Absolutely, one positive aspect of GP is that it is possible to be in the dirty swamp that is general practice less than 5 days a week. It's like saying to a prisoner you are going to be gruesomely tortured only 4 days a week - so be happy..nah, doesn't wash with me I'm afraid. GPs are expected to deal with all sorts of non medical rubbish and we can't say no, as patients are clearly Entitled to everything with no semblance of responsibility.

    @ 9:51 get out of's never too late, never! there are LOTS of options out there...I quit GP and although work more hours in hospital, I'm much happier!!

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