The trainer survey is relatively new (four years old) and feedback is invaluable to us in supporting trainers in their roles. We are beginning to build up comparisons with previous years as time goes on which allows us to analyse the data more comprehensively and we also compare the results against the trainee survey to see if it correlates. In this way we can identify any struggling areas and ensure that relevant support can be provided to enable trainers to fully undertake their roles.
Once the survey results are in, the Quality Unit carries out a series of scrutiny meetings to consider them. During these meetings the survey results are reviewed alongside the trainee survey results and in light of other evidence sources that may exist so that we can see where there may be new areas of concern, improvements or deterioration. Risk logs are updated and shared with local education providers, who are asked to review all areas of concern and provide us with further feedback to enable us to contextualise the results. You may have contact from a faculty lead or programme director as part of this process. Once we have received all the updates we differentiate those risks which require further action from those for which further action is not necessary.
In situations where there are fewer than three trainers or trainees who complete the survey at a site results will not show on the survey to protect the privacy of individuals. However, feedback can still be collected via end of placement feedback or through regular meetings with trainees.
Results of both surveys for each year can be found on the GMC national summary report website. You can also use this link to review the General Medical Council’s (GMC) ‘initial findings’ report to see the themes from trainees and trainer feedback each year. In the last survey more than 70,000 trainees and trainers took part in the surveys across the UK. The response rates in Wales were 97.5% for trainees against a UK average of 94.6% and a trainer response rate of 61.6% against a UK average of 44.8%. The higher a response we get the more useful the surveys are to us.
Survey results are displayed via a series of indictors with scores compared against the national average and are reported in quartiles with positive and negative outliers represented by red and green in the results tables. Should you need any help navigating the reporting tool please get in touch with us at HEIW QA and we would be happy to help you.
If you have any questions about the survey or HEIW’s quality management process please get in touch with us at HEIW QA and we will be happy to assist you.
Trainers: Have Your Say On Your Training Role
The survey is an opportunity for you to give us feedback on areas such as whether you have time and an appropriate workload to train, as well as telling us about your development needs as a trainer. In addition, you can use the completion reference number as evidence of your commitment to participating in systems of quality assurance and quality improvement in your appraisal.
The survey is relevant for the following groups:-
The GMC will launch the survey on 20 April 2021. The survey will be open for completion for four weeks until 18 May 2021.
You can access the survey through your GMC Online account.
If you haven’t used GMC Online before, your account can be activated for you just by answering a few simple questions when you first log in. There is always a check of information that the GMC already hold to confirm who you are.
You can activate your account via GMC managing your registration.
All responses will be treated in confidence and reported anonymously. The results will be made available to the public by the GMC from summer 2021 (date tbc).
For more information about the Trainer Survey please contact us at HEIW QA