A message from the GMC: annual national training survey

Thu, 21st March 2019

A message from the GMC:

From today (Tuesday 19 March), our annual national training surveys for trainees and trainers are open. They run until midday on 1 May.

We’d be grateful for your help with encouraging trainees and trainers across the UK to take part.

A vital source of data

A high response rate to both surveys gives us comprehensive data about training posts and programmes across the UK. In turn, this provides insight that really does make a difference to how training is planned, organised and delivered.

The surveys allow us to pinpoint which departments, sites and trusts or boards are meeting our standards, and those which are not. We can then work with local postgraduate deans, and other organisations responsible for providing training to build on good practice and tackle issues where we find them.


Throughout the survey window, we’ll be highlighting how seriously we take the results and the difference they make to training environments. We’d appreciate anything you can do to support us with this, using relevant communication channels and networks.


New questions on rest facilities and wellbeing

This year, we’re asking new questions on access to, and quality of, services and facilities that support doctors’ wellbeing, including:


  • Rest facilities when working out-of-hours
  • Information about access to and quality of common room/mess
  • Knowledge of occupational health and wellbeing support


We’ll also continue to ask trainees and trainers how burnout is affecting them, after introducing questions on this last year.  Together, this will help our work to better understand and protect the wellbeing of doctors.


Thank you again for continuing to support the surveys. It’s crucial that we hear what trainees and trainers have to say about the quality of their training experience.


If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to let me know.


Kind regards,



Professor Colin Melville


Medical Director and Director of Education and Standards, GMC

Hon Professor of Medical Education, Manchester University
General Medical Council
Hardman Street, Manchester, M3 3AW


Enquiries to:

Stephen Li, Executive Assistant

t: 0161 923 6305

e: stephen.li@gmc-uk.org