Trust achieves top results for training doctors in the region

Published: 4 September 2017

Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust has achieved some of the highest performance results in the region, for the education and training of doctors, in the latest General Medical Council (GMC) Trainee Survey.

The Trust achieved the highest score in the Peninsula region for the sixth year running in the ‘overall satisfaction’ category of the GMC survey. This category is considered to be the best single measure of education and training performance documented from the feedback of trainee doctors themselves.

The South West Peninsula group is made up of five NHS trusts within Devon and Cornwall, these include: North Devon Healthcare NHS Trust, Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust, Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust, Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust, and Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust.

This year the South West Peninsula was ranked second out of the 13 regions in England for the second year running, with Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust achieving the highest scores in the group in 15 of the 17 categories analysed including:

adequate experienceclinical supervisionclinical supervision out of hours
curriculum coverageeducational governanceeducational supervision
overall satisfactionregional teachingreporting systems
study leavesupportive environmentteamwork

The GMC survey enables all doctors in training to give feedback on the quality of their training experience and the hospital in which they work. This can then be used to ensure the training they receive is of the highest standard, delivered in a safe and effective clinical environment.

Rob Dyer, Medical Director for the Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust, said: “These results clearly show that year on year, across the Peninsula, doctors in training are receiving some of the best training in the country.

“The results of the survey help us to work with our trainees to continue to improve and develop the education and training programmes available here at the Trust. This process has also allowed us to encourage trainees to become more involved in the development of services and innovations to improve patient safety and quality of care. The results are a real credit to staff in many areas of the Trust who provide support to our doctors in training. The contribution of senior medical staff and the medical education team is key and very much appreciated. However it is clear that all staff groups help to establish the learning environment, through the outstanding care that they show to each other as well as to patients.”

“We would like to thank all doctors in training for taking part in the survey and helping us to develop the programme for the future”.

Jan Morgan, Postgraduate Support Manager said: “We are delighted that doctors training at our Trust felt that they were receiving such high quality of training. We could not have achieved this continued high standard of results without the help and support from all levels of staff in all specialties, helping to encourage trainees throughout the training process.”