GMC National Training Survey (GMC NTS)

The National Training Survey (NTS) is a core piece of work undertaken by the General Medical Council (GMC) each year to assess the quality of postgraduate medical education and training being provided across the United Kingdom (UK).  The NTS is distributed to all known postgraduate trainees and trainers within the UK who are active on the census date.


If you would like to request a copy of our Executive Summary for this years GMC NTS results, please email 



National Education Training Survey (NETS)

The National Education and Training Survey (NETS) is the first multi-professional learner survey for all healthcare learners, offering a unique insight into learner perceptions of the clinical learning environment which will be a vital tool in the quality management process. NETS seeks to gather feedback on clinical placements. It does not ask questions about programmes or courses or learning in non-clinical settings (e.g. universities). It is therefore important that, for those who it is applicable to, you also complete the National Student Survey (NSS).


It is intended to provide a critical source of evidence for standards contained within the HEE Quality Framework as well as for the national HEE Quality Dashboard, which is currently under development. The intention is that the multi-professional aspect will improve consistency and inclusivity in the analysis of placement quality, as well as remove the duplication and inconsistency in learner surveys that are currently administered across HEE.


Implementation of the NETS will enable good practice to be identified and shared nationally, as well as highlight areas of risk to be addressed. This data is then analysed and fed back to key stakeholders, such as training providers and approved education providers.



You Said We Did

To: All doctors in training

From: PG Dean Geoff Smith

Thank you to everyone who completed the GMC NTS this year. The Southwest has had another very good year with a regional response rate of 70% by doctors in training which was a 10% increase on last year. The results from the NTS are critical to understand the quality of training and they are used throughout the year to guide future work.

The summary highlights are

  • The results showed that doctors in training rated the Southwest as the 1st region in England for overall satisfaction in quality of training. This is great news, and we are pleased to hear how well your training is going.
  • The Southwest also ranked 1st in the country for 12 other domains: 1st for clinical supervision, clinical supervision out of hours, reporting systems, teamwork, supportive environment, induction, adequate experience, education governance, educational supervision, feedback, local teaching and facilities. This gives us comprehensive feedback on what is working well for your training.

We are actively working on areas where things are not going so well to help to make the SW even better. Specifically, we ranked 3rd for regional teaching, 5th for rota design and 6th for study leave, and these are our targets for further analysis this year. To facilitate this, we met with all our providers to go through the results in detail; to celebrate achievements and to identify and plan areas to work with them to improve. 

What you told us What we did / are doing
Trainees raised concerns via the Quality panels and the NTS around the general medical care of psychiatry patients. Gloucester Health Care Foundation Trust utilised the expertise of a physical health specialist nurse who reviews the GP records and general health and wellbeing of all the patients admitted in significant details. This has resulted in better feedback, especially seen in CPT.  This good practice is being promoted to other trusts with similar problems.
Acute medicine trainees shared concerns via the Quality Panel that the new curriculum requirements for point of care ultrasound (POCUS) competence would be challenging in our region. HEE SW appointed three POCUS TPDs, who started in post April 2022, to lead on POCUS training and governance and to build a network of POCUS clinicians and supervisors.  The first regional FAMUS training course for point of care ultrasound was arranged by our new POCUS TPDs and held in April 2022.  HEE SW have allocated funds to support further FAMUS courses in region each year.