The General Medical Council (GMC) have published the initial findings of their National Training Survey. The survey is a UK-wide poll of more than 70,000 doctors in training and doctors who act as trainers. For this report new questions were added that highlight the extent of burnout amongst doctors in training and trainers. Despite this the majority of trainees remain satisfied with their overall educational experience.
The GMC have also published a report looking at the reasons, motivations and experiences of doctors who choose to take a break during their training. The report found the three main reasons for taking a break in training were the doctors’ health and wellbeing – including their work-life balance – uncertainty about their choice of specialty and career direction, and dissatisfaction with their training environment.
The Royal College of Physicians have produced a policy brief outlining new calculations for the number of doctors needed, and setting out the key issues facing workforce planning in the UK that affect the current supply, future service demand and predicted losses in the medical workforce. The briefing calls on the government to double the number of medical school places across the UK from 7,500 to 15,000 to meet the future requirements of the NHS.
The Scottish Government have announced funding to train more GPs and to enable existing healthcare professionals to enter medicine. Undergraduate medical courses with a focus on general practice have been developed at the universities of Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Glasgow. A new route to enable experienced healthcare professionals to enter medicine is also to be introduced.
The General Medical Council (GMC) have published reviews of medical education and training in Scotland for 2017-18. There is a national report, a Scotland Deanery report, reports on each of the medical schools and on health board education providers. The reports are intended to assess how standards of medical education and training quality and managed locally.
NHE Education for Scotland (NES) have published their latest newsletter. The newsletter features the NES Draft Operation Plan for 2018-19. The plan is published annually and outlines how NES will support health policy in Scotland. The newsletter also highlights new standards for the education and training of nurses and midwives, a training package for community pharmacists and the General Medical Council review of medical education and training in Scotland in 2017-18.
The Health and Sport Committee of the Scottish Parliament has issued correspondence with Shona Robison, the Scottish Government Health Secretary. The Health Secretary has updated the committee on a number of issues including the cost of delayed discharge; the ageing population; social and community care workforce issues (including Brexit impact); recruitment and retention (including student intakes and remote and rural workers; primary care in Scotland (including GP recruitment, university admissions and patient perspective initiatives); targets and indicators; and fertility treatment.
NHS Education for Scotland have published the Postgraduate Medical Education & Training Annual Report for 2018. The report has three main sections on ‘training our doctors’, ‘meeting standards’ and ‘supporting Scotland’s doctors’ with statistics and case studies in each section.