News in brief: November 2014
Foundation doctors are better prepared to start treating patients than they have been in the past, a report from the General Medical Council has found.
The report, which includes data from the regulator’s annual national training surveys, said that doctors in the first year of their foundation training (F1) were less likely to think that they had been forced to cope with clinical problems beyond their competence or experience than in the past. In 2009 around half (51%) of the 5175 F1 doctors who responded to the national training survey said that they felt they had dealt with such a problem “on a monthly or more frequent basis.” In 2014 a third (31%) of 7619 respondents gave the same answer.
“Although that proportion may still sound high, inevitably F1 doctors will have to deal with the unexpected. With good follow-up and debrief these can be valuable learning experiences. The reduction