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Our research helps us to make sure that our policies and decisions are based on evidence. We undertake some research projects ourselves, but commission most from independent researchers.

Key findings from our recent research

  • Our research showed that decisions reached by GMC staff in all 187 reviewed fitness to practise case files were found to be appropriate and in line with the guidance and criteria set out for decision-makers.
  • UK medical graduates feel prepared for a number of areas of practice (e.g. procedures such as venepuncture), although our research found that many trainees still find the ‘August transition’ challenging, particularly the increase in responsibility this brings.
  • In general doctors were confident in the way the GMC regulates doctors, however our research found that levels of overall confidence in the GMC varied by such characteristics as sex and place of qualification.
  • In the first six months of the GMC’s Learning Disabilities Website being launched the website received over 11,000 visits. Our research identified further opportunities to improve the site through developing more examples of good practice relevant to particular specialties.

Prioritising our research to improve our impact, understand the needs and challenges of the profession and protect patients

At the GMC conference in March 2015 we had two workshops with delegates to discuss future priorities for research to inform the GMC’s regulation. You can read more about what the key conclusions from these workshops were.

Are you interested in our research?

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