Over 98% of London Paediatric trainees contributed to this year’s GMC National Trainee Survey (NTS). Many thanks to all of you for contributing to this very important survey. While no survey is perfect, the NTS gives us really useful information about where excellent training is happening – and also where there are problems.
In 2014 we used the survey to identify which trusts needed special attention and support. This led to Quality Visits to certain trusts. The 2 trusts with the greatest concerns have then been re-visited in the first half of 2015. I am really thrilled to report that in both cases notable improvement was noted at the re-visits. This means that trainee feedback in the 2014 NTS was listened to – detailed visits took place and trusts were required to act upon areas of concern – and improvement took place. Clearly we can’t say all the problems have been solved, but the reason for describing this is to reassure you all that we take the NTS extremely seriously and trainee feedback is highly valued. Trainees are at the forefront of clinical services and so will often see good and bad practice more clearly than the rest of us. So we prize your feedback – and so does the CQC who now works very closely with the GMC in relation to concerns highlighted by trainees.
Back to the 2015 survey – please all take a look! I am pleased to say that there are lots of green outliers ie trusts that are performing far better than the average. This is especially noteworthy in trusts who have previously had poor surveys. There are some red outliers too and we will be working with those trusts to identify why this has happened and offering support where we can. Sometimes trusts that are under particular financial or service pressure will have a “one off” weak survey result. For these trusts we are simply there to offer our support and help. For trusts were there are recurrent problems and ongoing red outliers over several years, we will visit formally as part of a Quality Visit to speak to trainees and educational supervisors in an attempt to understand the problem and develop action plans to resolve the issues.
So – thanks to all for taking part. Now have a look at your trust – www.gmc-uk.org/education/surveys.asp