Satisfaction of doctors with their training: evidence from UK

BMC Health Serv Res. 2017 Dec 29;17(1):851. doi: 10.1186/s12913-017-2792-0.


Background: This study considers the primary training environment factors affecting the satisfaction of doctors in training with their training.

Methods: An OLS multiple regression analysis was performed on responses given by doctors in training (trainees) to General Medical Council (UK) National Trainee Survey annually from 2012 to 2015. Two different research models investigate the determinant of trainee doctor satisfaction. The first model includes clinical supervision, feedback, workload, and gender as explanatory variables. The second model adds supportive environment to the first model.

Results: The GMC survey response rate is 97%. Our analysis shows the key factors that determine trainee satisfaction are strong clinical supervision, frequent and useful feedback meetings, an adequate workload and a supportive environment.

Conclusions: It is suggested focus on clinical supervision, feedback, workload and supportive environment would increase trainee satisfaction, improve the quality of training and morale, and hopefully, therefore, the quality of care patients receive.

Keywords: Feedback; NHS; Supervision; Supportive environment; Training satisfaction; Workload.

MeSH terms

  • Education, Medical*
  • Feedback
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Personal Satisfaction*
  • Physicians / psychology*
  • Regression Analysis
  • State Medicine
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • United Kingdom
  • Workload