The state of medical education and practice in the UK

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Foreword and executive summary

2020 has tested the resilience of the health system and those who work in it. The fortitude of the workforce has been rightly lauded, with remarkable levels of public support.

Experiences of this time have not been uniform, for patients or for the profession. But clinicians, system leaders and policymakers can all agree that coronavirus (COVID-19) has left its mark, and will continue to do so.

The picture is complex, and we’re only part-way through this pandemic. But clear lessons have already emerged, and we owe it to doctors and the patients they care for to apply them...

Case studies

Alongside the data and research we include in 'The state of medical education and practice in the UK', this year, we present 13 case studies in which doctors describe their experiences during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Barometer survey

We commissioned IFF Research to conduct an online survey of doctors: the barometer survey.

The survey was first run in 2019 and was designed to contribute to the overall The state of medical education and practice in the UK narrative to allow us to report on changes in doctors’ career intentions, experiences in the workplace, and frequency of adaptations to pressurised environments.

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the key research questions were adapted for the 2020 research to explore:

  • the impact of COVID-19 on doctors’ working lives
  • doctors’ experience of working in a ‘system under pressure’ and the impacts of this on patient safety and doctor wellbeing
  • doctors’ satisfaction in their working life and drivers for this
  • likelihood to make career changes in the next year, including likelihood to leave the UK medical profession.

Previous reports

See our findings from 2011 to 2020