Doctors asked for views on workplace learning

DOCTORS across the UK are being urged to share their views on workplace learning, support and supervision for the General Medical Council’s annual training survey.

Questions will cover topics such as workloads and burnout, the amount of time doctors have to take part in training, access to break rooms and study spaces, and the impact of rudeness in the workplace.

The survey, which is open until midday on May 3, is the largest insight into postgraduate medical training in the UK.

Last year, more than 63,000 doctors across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland responded.

The regulator said those responses showed the quality of training remained high, despite intense pressures resulting from the pandemic. However, the wellbeing of trainees and those training them came into sharp focus as rising levels of burnout were reflected.

Professor Colin Melville, the GMC’s medical director and director of education and standards, said: “This survey is vital in giving us a year-on-year insight into how medical training is being affected [by the pandemic]. But, most importantly, it shines a spotlight on what can be done to support trainees and trainers at a local and national level.

“We’re urging doctors at all levels and specialties, both supervising and training, to give their views.”

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