Two projects supported by SMERC focus on Foundation Doctors career decision making.
Gillian Scanlan, one of four SMERC PhD students, based at the University of Aberdeen working in collaboration with NES, published a large-scale study which identified the factors critical to attracting NHS foundation doctors into specialty or core training. Using a novel methodology drawn from health economics, Gillian found that location was the most influential characteristic of a training position, followed closely by supportive culture and then working conditions.
Work supported by a SMERC Small Research Grant and led by the University of Edinburgh, in collaboration with the Universities of St Andrews and Glasgow, explored the reasons that doctors choose to leave UK medicine after their foundation year two posts. Participants spoke about wanting to “take a break” from training for reasons such as wanting more time to make a choice of specialty.