Doctors in training share their experiences of rota gaps

We have asked doctors to explain the impact of rota gaps on their education and training, by adding five new questions on rotas as part of this year's national training survey.

"Adding specific questions on rota design into this year’s survey will help us better understand the extent to which doctors’ education and training are at risk of being compromised, and follows the feedback we received from last year’s surveys."

Charlie Massey

GMC Chief Executive

These questions have been used to improve our UK-wide perspective and the impact poor rota design is having on workloads and training.

Health services under significant pressure

Our Chief Executive, Charlie Massey, said: ‘Health services are under significant pressure across all four UK nations, which is why it’s important we get as full a picture as possible of the impact service demands have on doctors in training and on the trainers.

‘Adding specific questions on rota design into this year’s survey will help us better understand the extent to which doctors’ education and training are at risk of being compromised, and follows the feedback we received from last year’s surveys.’

Helping deliver high-quality training

He added: ‘Each year’s national training survey results help us, and local organisations, to take action to ensure trainees are receiving high-quality training and that trainers are well supported. 

‘After last year’s surveys we voiced our concerns that heavy workloads were eroding time needed for training, and we wrote to employers reminding them of their obligations. We are always grateful for the time doctors in training, and their trainers, take in completing the national training surveys.’

It is the first time rota design has been has been addressed by specific questions in the national training survey, which seeks the views of around 60,000 doctors in training and 45,000 senior doctors who act as trainers.