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

  • Local processes for raising concerns varied between trusts but all favoured local resolution where possible. Participants discussed reasons why concerns are more likely to be raised against certain groups of doctors. Difficult aspects of dealing with concerns, along with promising approaches to improving the process, were identified.
  • Some groups of medical graduates face additional risks to progression when undertaking further training. Doctors in training felt they were not always given the support they needed. Protected time for trainers to provide support, and opportunities to develop networks with a range of peers, were identified as ways to improve the training environment.
  • Being given a warning by the GMC can have a significant long-term negative impact on a doctor. Although some doctors who were given restrictions were able to remediate, this was not the case for many. Doctors and employers believe that warnings should be more flexible.
  • 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.

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