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GMC surveys trainees on their confidence levels

The GMC has changed its annual survey of trainees to include questions on how fairly they are being treated and whether their roles are helping build their confidence following concers over bullying.

About 8% of participants in National Training Survey last year said they had been bullied and 14% said they had witnessed bullying, and the GMC wants to establish what areas trainees need most support in.

The survey is open to all doctors in foundation and specialty training programmes, including GP training – is available until May 6 via the GMC website.

Respondents can give anonymous, confidential feedback and highlight any problems. Findings will be published in June.

GMC chief executive Niall Dickson said the survey will this year for the first time explore the environment in which doctors are trained; how fairly they feel they are being treated and if their posts help build confidence.

He added: ‘Past results suggest that most doctors feel they receive a high standard of education but everyone accepts that improvements can be made.

‘We know too that the external environment is extremely challenging with massive service pressures throughout the NHS in the UK – this year in particular we want to establish in which areas doctors in training are receiving most support for their learning, and where they are not.’