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National Training Survey 2014

National Training Survey 2014:
What do you think about your Training?

This year’s annual National Training Survey launches on 26 March. As a doctor in training, this is your chance to have your say on the training you receive.

The survey results help deaneries, local education and training boards and local education providers recognise the aspects of the training they deliver that are working well; and to take action where results indicate a need for improvement.

Peter Dacombe is an ST3 in trauma and orthopaedics and currently a clinical fellow at the GMC:

“Nobody is better placed to feedback on the quality of postgraduate training than the doctors in training themselves, which makes the GMC national training survey a vital resource in the quality assurance postgraduate medical education in the UK. It provides valuable feedback which trainers and training programme directors can use to drive improvement at a local level, and highlights important patient safety issues which are then investigated and addressed. 

As a surgical trainee I can find detailed information to guide the selection of future placements, as well as having the opportunity to shape the training received by future cohorts.”

More information can be read here:

 National Training Survey 2014

Or visit the NTS website for further details:

The Survey is quick and easy to take
The survey is easy to complete and takes 15–20 minutes. Log in to your GMC Online account after 26 March where your survey will be waiting for you. 

Please complete your survey by midday on 8 May 2014 to make sure your views count.

The survey gives us a unique chance to understand, reflect and improve the way we deliver your training. It’s important that we hear the views of all doctors in training, so we get an accurate a picture of the training we provide.

To complete the survey - log in to your GMC Online account at:

Scientist Training Programme 2014 – applications to open in January




 (Full time, FIXED TERM – ONE YEAR) 

To commence August or September 2015

Starting Salary: appropriate point on Grade 7, £ 31,342 - £38,511

You will support and implement the delivery of the undergraduate curriculum on our University Hospital of North Midlands NHS Trust, Royal Stoke University Hospital site.

These posts are aimed at doctors currently in training who have been granted permission by the relevant Postgraduate Dean for a 1-year period of out-of-programme training. However, doctors yet to obtain a national training number but with postgraduate experience are also eligible to apply. You will be responsible for a significant amount of patient-based teaching, clinical and communications skills teaching and will be a Case-based Learning (CBL) tutor. 

During the year, you will be expected to complete some formal study in medical education, e.g. Keele Certificate in Medical Education. You will have opportunities to maintain clinical expertise by spending 1-2 clinical sessions per week in the relevant clinical setting.

You will be fully registered with the General Medical Council and may possess a relevant national training number. Appointees must have a higher professional qualification by August 2015, but you may apply if you are taking your exams between January and August 2015.  You will have evidence of experience of teaching clinical students, practical IT skills and the ability to teach effectively.  Excellent communication, interpersonal, organisational and leadership skills are also essential.

For more details and to apply, please visit:

Post references: OR15/08

Closing date for applications:  21st April 2015

Promoting Equality, Valuing Diversity.

See job description for further details.


Fitness To Practice Important Notice

To all trainees submitting an email to the Fitness To Practice inbox. Please write the speciality you are applying to in the email title. This is to ensure that your email reaches the correct Speciality Team quickly and efficiently.

Thank You.

New GMC Guidance

Dear Colleague,

The GMC’s new guidance for every doctor in the UK to help them protect children from abuse or neglect comes into effect this week.

Protecting children and young people: the responsibilities of all doctors underlines the duty on all doctors to act if they are concerned that a child or young person is at risk.

The guidance is not just for doctors who treat children. Doctors treating adult patients must also consider whether the patient poses a risk to children or young people.

All doctors should have received a copy of the new guidance in the post but an electronic version can be found at along with learning materials, including case studies, and a decision-making flowchart.

We very much hope that you will find this new guidance useful. We would be grateful if you could bring it to the attention of your colleagues.

Best wishes,

Niall Dickson
Chief Executive
General Medical Council