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Completion of paediatric training: trends across 2011–2017 cohorts


Objective To determine trends in the demographics and destinations of doctors who have recently completed paediatric training in the UK.

Design A survey was sent to all new paediatric certificate holders 1 year on from completing specialty training every year from 2011 to 2017.

Setting Retrospective survey.

Outcome measures Demographics, career destinations, time to complete training, working patterns, subspecialty registration, numbers of job applications, and use of the period of grace are reported.

Results 1262 people who gained their paediatric certificate in the UK between 2011 and 2017 completed the survey (60.6% response rate). 58.5% (n=738) of respondents were female, and 32.4% (n=224) of women work less than full time, compared with 4.6% (n=23) of men. 85.9% (n=1056) of respondents were in a UK consultant post. 7.6% (n=94) were working overseas. 65.1% (n=722) remained in the region they trained in. 64.8% (n=1348) were registered for general paediatrics, whereas 35.2% (n=733) had subspecialised.

Respondents who held a non-UK medical degree (47.5%, n=501) made more job applications on average (mean=2.2; 95% CI 2.0 to 2.5) than those with a UK degree (52.5%, n=554) (mean=1.1; 95% CI 1.0 to 1.2) (p<0.001). Average training time increased from 9.8 years (95% CI 9.4 to 10.2) to 11.3 years (95% CI 11.1 to 11.6) (p<0.001). Respondents’ use of their grace period reduced from 42.7% (n=47) to 20.6% (n=29) (p<0.001).

Conclusions The data reflect the diverse paediatric workforce and doctors’ working patterns following the completion of paediatric training in the UK. The trends demonstrated are vital to consider for evidence-based workforce planning.

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