GMC Training Surveys

Why Not Have Your Say?

The GMC postponed its National Training Surveys in March 2020 to enable doctors and the UK health services to prioritise frontline patient care during the COVID-19 pandemic.  They are instead releasing a shorter, more focused survey which will open on 22nd July 2020 to gather feedback on trainee and trainer experiences of working and training throughout the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. The survey will run for only 3 weeks and will close on 12 August 2020. Please take the opportunity to complete the survey during this time and tell us about your experiences so far.  Click here to access the survey.    

What are the GMC National Training Surveys?

The GMC National Training Surveys are one of the key ways in which HEIW, (Health Education & Improvement Wales) and the GMC gain an insight into the quality of the training experience being provided to trainees in Wales.  In addition, the surveys also provide a unique opportunity for our primary and secondary care trainers to tell us about the support that they are receiving for their important training role. 

What do we do with the results?

Within HEIW we use the results to identify areas of potential good practice as well to identify areas which may require additional input.  We have noted that there is a general correlation between the trainee and trainer results which ensures we have a more balanced view of departments and helps us to explore specific areas when we go out and about on visits. In this way we are able to review training environments and work with Local Education Providers in order to make recommendations around improvements that will benefit both trainers and trainees where appropriate.

Once the survey results are in, the Quality Unit carries out a series of scrutiny meetings to consider them. During these the survey results, free text comments and existing risk entries are triangulated, so that we can see any potential areas of good practice that could be shared with other departments across Wales and any new risk areas are identified as well as areas of good practice that could be shared with other departments across Wales.

Why should I complete the survey?

It’s vital for us to have meaningful response rates from trainees and trainers alike in order to drive up training standards and to help us improve the training experience and trainer support for you. This is your chance to have your say and help us to improve the quality of training across Wales.

For trainers, as well as giving us evidence to help professionalise your training role, completion of the survey can be used within your appraisal as evidence of your commitment to participate in systems of quality improvement.

All of this work is only possible when you share your views. Whilst Wales has achieved a relatively high response rate among trainers in comparison to the rest of the UK, we are keen to improve on this in 2019 and look forward to hearing from even more trainers this year.  This will enable us to use your feedback to take forward further changes that will help secure support for your vital role.

What we have learnt so far

In 2018 the survey told us that:

  • Training within Wales appears to be broadly similar to the rest of the UK.
  • Since 2012, the trajectory for many of the scores across Wales is one of consistent improvement, albeit with minor fluctuations.
  • ‘Rota Gaps’ was introduced this year as a new indicator, and whilst Wales is broadly in line with the rest of the UK, we know there is still work to do to improve this.
  • The Reporting Systems indicator suggests that feedback may often not be provided back to the individual once a concern has been raised.
  • When analysing survey results by specialty the general pressure points were generally within knows areas where we were already starting to work with Local Education Providers and the survey was important in helping us take the concerns forward locally.
  • Specialties which had particularly positive results in 2018 include core anaesthetics training, clinical genetics, histopathology, plastic surgery, dermatology, and endocrinology and diabetes.  In addition, despite significant pressures on emergency departments across the UK particularly during the winter months, overall satisfaction with emergency medicine training in Wales remains the highest in the UK.

And for Trainers in Wales:

  • Response rates for Wales were highest in the UK, with a rate of 61.79% (1,268 trainers).
  • 92% of trainers enjoy their training role!
  • Work intensity is also a factor for trainers, and the most significant pressures can be seen in emergency medicine, intensive care medicine, and cardiothoracic surgery.
  • Trainer and trainee survey results often correlate and help us to identify training concerns in specific locations or specialties.

Looking ahead

Year on year we are able to make further comparisons and monitor improvements in your training environment so it is really important to us to hear what you have to say.

Please help us to help you by giving 15 minutes of your time to compete the survey here:


Further information on the GMC National Trainee Survey.

Further information on the GMC National Trainer Survey.

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