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Quarterly survey Q3 2016

See the results from our latest workload and wellbeing quarterly survey. For this survey we added questions on bullying and harassment, winter pressures, care for patients at the end of life and Sustainability and Transformation Plans (STPs).

Key findings include:

  • Over a third of doctors report low or very low morale and is only slightly higher among junior doctors than in our last survey.
  • GPs remain those most likely to report working outside their regular hours 'very often'.
  • Two-thirds of doctors said there had been no clinical or public engagement for the STP in their area.
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  • Bullying and harassment

    • Around 5% of doctors believed they had witnessed or experienced abusive behaviour following the EU referendum.
    BMA quarterly survey October 2016
  • Winter pressures

    • Over three-quarters of doctors believe the ability of the NHS to cope during this winter is worse than ever before
    • Doctors identified a lack of bed capacity in hospitals, delays in discharge/transfers of care and demand on primary care services as posing the greatest challenge to the NHS this winter
    BMA quarterly survey October 2016
  • Care for patients at the end of life

    • A majority of doctors have experience of caring for patients at the end of life with GPs most likely to do so frequently.
    • Despite the emotional effect this has on doctors, most had not accessed formal or informal support.
    BMA quarterly survey October 2016
  • Sustainability and Transformation Plans (STPs)

    • Two-thirds of doctors said there had been no clinical or public engagement for the STP in their area and most doctors were not sure if they were able to support it.
    BMA quarterly survey October 2016
  • Morale

    • 36% of respondents reported their morale as being low or very low
    • The morale of junior doctors has increased slightly but remains low on average.
    BMA quarterly survey October 2016
  • Work-life balance

    • Mean satisfaction with work-life balance remains only moderate across all branches of practice
    • There was a small increase in satisfaction over time for among GPs
    BMA quarterly survey October 2016
  • Workload

    • Consistent with all previous editions of the Omnibus survey, this quarter shows that GPs remain the most likely to report working outside their regular hours 'very often'

    BMA quarterly survey October 2016