Questions

  • There are only a few trainees in my particular specialty and results don’t appear on the GMC reporting tool. What’s the point of filling it out?

    Although results will not appear in Specialty reports on the GMC surveys reporting tool if there are less than 3 trainees, information from these responses will be compiled with other trainee results e.g. by Trust.

    Additionally, the GMC produces longitudinal reports using data from previous years by specialty.  

    It is also expected that all trainees complete the GMC NTS as part of their professional obligation as a trainee doctor by the GMC as regulator.

    The Foundation School mandate that all trainees must complete the survey. 

    Any trainee who does not complete the survey will be contacted by their Head of School and Director of Medical Education and will be asked why they have not completed it.

  • Why can’t I just give face-to-face feedback rather than filling out a questionnaire?

    We encourage all trainees to give feedback about their placement to relevant colleagues through Quality Panels. However, the survey tool gives Severn postgraduate medical education, Schools and Trusts the ability to compare results nationally and to accurately identify areas of good and poor performance.

    The more trainees who complete the survey, the more we can be confident of the validity of the results.

    Our experience has shown that the tool is a sensitive measure of issues and is a means of promoting positive change.

  • I am being bullied in my post what can I do?

    Severn is committed to the eradication of bullying of doctors. If you feel that you are being bullied or intimidated you can:

    • raise this concern with your supervisor
    • if you are being bullied by your supervisor you can raise this concern with your Training Programme Director or Head of School
    • there are bullying and harassment policies available locally within your Trust which will detail how these issues can be handled
    • Severn has a Professional Support Unit, which you can refer yourself to
    • The GMC national training survey has a qualitative section where bullying and harassment issues can be recorded. All of these are investigated by the Director of Medical Education
  • I am not satisfied with my current post in terms of experience or that the curriculum is being adequately delivered. What can I do about this?

    These types of issues need to be raised with Educational Supervisors in the first instance and escalated via Training Programme Directors to Heads of School as appropriate.

  • I have concerns about regional training (ability to access it and quality of it)? What can I do to influence this?

    These types of issues need to be raised with Educational Supervisors in the first instance and escalated via Training Programme Directors to Heads of School as appropriate.