Corporate Strategy and Perceptions Tracking 2020

What were the key findings?

Strategic Aim 1: Supporting doctors in maintaining good practice

  • 32% of doctors feel supported by the GMC to deliver good safe care
  • 73% of doctors agree that being a doctor is a fulfilling career
  • 45% of doctors are confident in the way that they are regulated by the GMC
  • 85% of parliamentarians are confident in how the GMC regulates doctors

Strategic Aim 2: Strengthening collaboration with regulatory partners across the health service

  • 88% of stakeholders feel that their overall working relationship with the GMC is good
  • 80% of stakeholders agree that the requests for advice, feedback and information which the GMC makes of us are manageable
  • 69% of stakeholders agree the GMC takes early action to protect patients

Strategic Aim 3: Strengthening relationship with the public and the profession

  • 87% of patients and the public are confident in doctors
  • 82% of patients and the public are confident in the way doctors are regulated

Strategic Aim 4: Meeting the changing needs of the health services across the four countries of the UK

  • 63% of stakeholders agree that ‘the GMC’s approach to regulation anticipates and responds to the needs of individual parts of the UK’
  • 76% of stakeholders have at least a fair amount of knowledge about legislative reforms
  • 35% of parliamentarians agree that ‘the GMC’s approach to regulation anticipates and responds to the needs of individual parts of the UK’
  • 10% of parliamentarians know a great deal or a fair amount about why the GMC is calling for legislative reform

Why did we commission this research?

This research was commissioned to assess perceptions of eight of our key audiences across two pieces of work:

The first with doctors, responsible officers, medical students, patients and the public, employers, educators and stakeholders/key partners. The second with parliamentarians.

The research had two key purposes:

  • To help us measure and track progress over time against several strategic measures in the GMC’s 2018-2020 corporate strategy
  • To help us understand our key audiences’ perceptions of us and our role

What did the research involve?

The first piece of research was delivered by an independent research consultancy, IFF Research, and included online surveys with each six audiences (doctors, responsible officers, medical students, patients and the public, employers and educators) and a telephone survey with stakeholders/key partners.

The second piece of research was delivered by an independent research consultancy, YouGov, and included an omnibus survey with parliamentarians.

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Corporate Strategy and Perceptions Tracking 2020 Main Report

Corporate Strategy and Perceptions Tracking 2020 Executive Summary

Corporate Strategy 2020 Technical Appendix

General Medical Council Political poll -January 2020