GMC training survey shines fresh spotlight on discrimination

The College is encouraging Fellows and Members to share their perspectives on topics across learning, support and supervision in the General Medical Council (GMC)’s yearly national training survey.

The survey provides an insight into the experiences of trainees and those training them, who together represent a third of UK doctors.

This year, new questions seek to understand the extent of discrimination and unprofessional behaviours in medical education and training. The data will provide insight in to how supportive, inclusive and fair environments can be fostered, and highlight any themes or issues that may need more attention.

Questions focus on topics such as:

  • Experiences of everyday discrimination, for example micro-aggression and stereotyping;
  • Confidence in challenging and reporting discrimination and unprofessional behaviours;
  • Availability of mentorship to trainees and access to training and support.

Every year, responses to the National training survey help the GMC, medical education bodies and employers to make sure that trainees and trainers are supported in their roles, and provides the evidence they need to act when concerns are raised.

When the results are published later in the year, trusts, boards and individual sites are expected to drill into the data to identify areas in need of more attention.

The survey is open until midday on Thursday 4 May 2023. The results will be published later this year. Find out more about the annual National training survey here.