The state of medical education and practice barometer survey

We‘ve commissioned IFF Research, an independent research agency, to run a survey about doctors’ experiences of practising in the UK.

What is the survey about?

The survey is about the working environment and practices of doctors in the UK, exploring current working patterns and their future career intentions.

Why have we commissioned this survey?

Every year we report on the state of medical education and practice in the UK. We use our data, evidence and analysis to provide comprehensive insight into the profession.

Our 2018 report explored the challenges and pressures doctors may be encountering. We’ve commissioned this survey so we can track these issues and have a clear sense of how doctors’ experiences of practising in the UK are changing. This will help inform our work to support doctors and how we address these challenges.

Your privacy and confidentiality

This survey is being managed by IFF Research, an independent market research agency. IFF Research abides by the Market Research Society Code of Conduct and is compliant with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Survey participants have a right to have a copy of their data, change their data or withdraw from the research at any point.

We won’t know who has taken part in the survey and will not see identifiable responses. Survey results will be reported in aggregate form and it won’t be possible to identify individuals in the final report or associated data.

We have not shared any doctor contact details for this survey. If you have received an invite for this survey, your contact details have been sourced by IFF Research from Wilmington Healthcare (Binley’s) Healthcare Professional Database.

How have respondents been selected to take part in this survey?

The sample has been drawn from the Wilmington Healthcare (Binley’s) Healthcare Professional Database. We have worked with IFF Research to develop a research sample that is representative of the doctor population on our medical register in terms of some key demographic information, such as geography, register type, gender, and years since qualification.

If you’ve been invited to take part in the survey, it will be because you have consented to your data being used by Wilmington Healthcare for the purposes of research. To make sure the survey is as representative as possible, only those doctors who have received a survey invite can take part.

How can I find the results of the survey?

The main findings will be reported in our The state of medical education and practice in the UK 2019 report which will be published in Autumn 2019. And the full research report will also be available in the Data and Research section of our website.

You can also access previous The state of medical education and practice in the UK reports.

Further information

If you have any queries or would like further information, please contact Sam Stroud or Isabel Kearney at IFF Research on 020 7250 3035 or at Or you can contact Karen Roberts at the GMC on