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National training survey for doctors in training

Every year we run a comprehensive survey asking all doctors in training for their views about the training they are receiving.

Survey results

The 2017 survey results have been published. Explore the latest results in our new look reporting tool.

Read Training environments 2017: key findings from the national training surveys (pdf), or view reports on previous years' results on our survey reports page.

What is the survey for?

The national training survey gives you an opportunity to provide confidential feedback on your training that can be used to make improvements. Your deanery/HEE local team and local education provider must use the survey results with other sources of information to review and improve their training programmes and posts.

We use colour coding to highlight results that are significantly above or below the average to help identify areas for investigation. Deaneries and HEE local teams report the results of their investigation and actions to us in their dean's reports.

See how findings from previous national training surveys have lead to improvements in training environments across the UK on our case studies page.


The effectiveness of the survey depends on its integrity. It’s important to us and your deanery/HEE local team that you answer the survey honestly.

To ensure that you feel comfortable answering the survey honestly we have several precautions to prevent you from being identified. You can read more about this in our confidentiality statement and data privacy policy. In short:

  • Your responses to the multiple choice questions will always remain confidential and only published in aggregated form.

  • Only our teams who work on surveys and quality assurance will have access to your responses to the multiple choice questions. This data will not be handled by or visible to any other areas of the GMC.

  • Concerns about patient safety or bullying and undermining that you raise within the survey are treated differently. Your comments will be shared within the GMC and with deans, training providers and other regulators to ensure that the concerns you raise are properly investigated and can be addressed. In some cases it may be necessary to share your identity. The interests of the patient must come first.