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Royal College of Physicians census of consultant physicians and trainees 2013-2014

Monday, 29 June 2015 11:29

Census of consultant physicians and higher specialty trainees in the UK - Gastroenterology and Hepatology 2013–14

The Royal College of Physicians (London) has published the full report of the 2013/14 census of consultant physicians and higher specialty trainees in the UK. The census measures the number of consultant physicians and higher specialty trainees working in the UK, as well as gathering vital information about how physicians are working.

To accompany the full report of the census the Royal College of Physicians (London) are also publishing short reports and commentaries for each of the 29 physician specialties. These offer a more in depth look at the workforce in each individual specialty.

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BSG Trainees Section Training Survey 2014

Tuesday, 19 May 2015 11:51

Executive Summary

The 2014 survey was sent to all trainees in gastroenterology in the UK using both BSG and local representative databases. The survey was open from July-September 2014. 263 out of 806 UK trainees responded, giving a response rate of 32.6%. This is a fall from the response rates of 39.7% in 2012 and 35.7% in 2010. As with previous surveys, responses in 2014 come from all training programmes.

37% of responders were female, up from 31.1% in 2012. All grades of training were well represented.

Key findings

  1. Satisfaction with general gastroenterology training and support from educational supervisors is high
  2. There are longstanding low levels of satisfaction with GIM training
  3. Barriers to trainees taking time out-of-programme (OOP) include trainees being unaware of opportunities and the practicalities of organising time OOP
  4. Progression to full JAG certification in colonoscopy is slow. Over half of trainees are using days off/zero hours days to supplement endoscopy training
  5. Exposure to level 2 polypectomy and endoscopic treatment of acute UGIB is limited
  6. Many trainees are not receiving the minimum number of endoscopy training lists set out by JAG
  7. Confidence in managing certain areas of hepatology, IBD and nutrition is low, even amongst senior trainees