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Medical Council Launches Survey of all Doctors in Training

The Medical Council today (7th May 2014) announced that it has invited all 3,000 trainee doctors in Ireland to participate in the first ever national review of trainee experiences, which will analyse feedback on the quality of training at all clinical sites throughout the country.

The Council is the independent regulator of the quality of medical education and training, and one of its strategic priorities is shaping high quality learning environments for doctors.

The survey, “Your Training Counts”, is a key component of this role in setting and monitoring standards of medical training and will gather information about a number of topics, including:

  • The Learning Environment at Clinical Sites: e.g. induction and orientation; supervision and appropriate delegation of responsibility; coaching, assessment and feedback; team-working; and informal and formal training.
  • Trainee Safety and Support: Trainees will be asked whether they feel physically safe at the clinical site, whether the environment is free from bullying, harassment and undermining behaviours, and whether they can access support services if required.
  • Health and Wellbeing: Trainees will be asked to give feedback on their general health, quality of life and how fulfilling, or otherwise, they find training.
  • Career Intentions: The retention of medical talent is an important issue and trainees will be asked where they intend to work, in what specialty and with what arrangements. 
  • Emigration: The Medical Council is collaborating with a research group at the RCSI, which has received funding from the Health Research Board to look in detail at doctor emigration. The findings will help workforce planners to better understand the factors that cause Irish doctors to consider emigration and what might encourage them to make their careers in Ireland.

Speaking today, Professor Freddie Wood, President of the Medical Council, said:

“This process will highlight strengths in Irish medical training and areas of good practice to be shared. However if we receive feedback from trainees that certain aspects are not good enough, we will take action to implement any necessary improvements. We can only respond to information we receive, so it’s crucial that all trainees participate in this survey and work with us to bring about positive changes in medical education.”

The content of the survey was designed in consultation with trainees to best reflect issues of concern in day-to-day training, and feedback can be provided safely and in confidence. Results will be available by the end of the year, and will also inform the work of educators, the Health Service Executive and policy makers.

The survey can be accessed at http://bit.ly/YourTrainingCounts


For further information:
Lorna Farren
Medical Council Communications Manager
01 498 3173 / 087 9130288
lfarren@mcirl.ie