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GP registrars more satisfied than specialist trainees

GP registrars are the most satisfied of all doctors in training and are more satisfied than in 2013, according to the GMC’s national training survey.  

The survey of 53,000 UK doctors shows the overall satisfaction score for those training in general practice was 88.6% – a 0.7% increase compared to 2013.

To measure satisfaction, the survey asked doctors in training about various aspects of their post including how they rate the quality of teaching, experience and supervision, how useful the post will be for their future career, and whether they would recommend the post to a friend.

In October, deaneries and Local Education and Training Boards will report back to the GMC on how they plan to address the concerns identified in the survey.

The report states: ‘The survey shows doctors training in general practice posts are the most satisfied. However, doctors training to be GPs give lower scores when training in other specialty posts.’

GMC chief executive Niall Dickson added: ‘This is a good report reflecting the high standard of postgraduate training throughout the UK. But there are some pockets of inadequate practice where we do want to see improvements.’

‘We have reviewed those with three years of poor results and we are working with the relevant local agencies, including NHS organisations, to make sure action is taken. We will expect to see better results from them in next year’s survey.’

Readers' comments (8)

  • That's because they're shielded from the relentlessness of the real job.

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  • As a GP Registrar I agree with you. Can't we at least enjoy training and learn the trade before entering the big wide world of real GP. Perhaps if we had not been so shielded the workforce crisis would be worse off!
    I was asked by 2 consultants to apply for a CMT post as not only did they support my clinical competency but they foresaw this GP crisis but I didn't to believe them in my nairvety. However nearing completion of my GP training I wouldn't do it any other way.

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  • I think enjoying the training is important. But you'll have to remember registrars command a salary far higher then an average worker in uk.

    You'd also have to remember the hours a far more social as a GP reg, compared to the secondary care colleagues. A friend of mine has just got his CCT, 13 years after graduating from med school and still works nights/weekend.

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  • May be it's something to do with the fact that GP registrars actually get some one-to-one training as opposed to just being used to act as rota fodder and get switched from ward to ward as it suits the acute trust.

    Not saying that GP teaching is perfect but it's far better than CMT teaching.

    Anon 12:46: You could say the same for qualified GPs vs hospital consultants, so i'm not sure about the relevance of your comment.

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  • This is a propaganda report clearly... If this was the case why is recruitment down, and 25% matriculating gp's are leaving??

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  • starting GP training in August and GP trainee satisfaction was definitely one thing I looked at when choosing my speciality. I am glad to hear it is still high.
    working in hospitals by and large has been a disappointment, you are just a slot in the rota, there is often no or little emphasis on learning / training. there is no flexibility and as a parent this is very important. Now I know GP is not a bed or roses but it is definitely better than that.

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  • John Glasspool

    Yes, you have hit it on the head. GP has always been very lucky in having a 1:1 trainer/trainee ratio. It couldn't really work otherwise.

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  • Yeah sure and pigs fly backwards and the dog ate my homework

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