The Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners (the College) has released the results of its 2016 Registrar Satisfaction Survey showing 80% satisfaction rating with the General Practice Education Programme (GPEP) among registrars, up from 74% in 2015.
First conducted in 2015, the survey measures six key performance indicators which all went up this year: satisfaction with clinical experience 86% (up from 81%), satisfaction with supervision and clinical support 79% (up from 73%), satisfaction with teaching and learning 69% (up from 65%), satisfaction with registrar engagement 86% (up from 75%), satisfaction with career choice 86% (up from 82%), and satisfaction with College administration 73% (up from 67%).
“I’d like to thank all our members and staff involved in the GPEP programme for the hard work they’ve put in which is reflected in improved ratings in some key areas,” said Helen Morgan-Banda, College chief executive.
“It is very encouraging to hear of registrars’ high overall satisfaction with GPEP, although there is still room for improvement and we will focus on those areas.”
Ms Morgan-Banda took the opportunity to encourage medical students who have not decided on a specialty to consider general practice as a career. “We know that almost half of GPs are retiring within the next ten years. You will do your country good and contribute in ensuring the sustainability of good primary health care for New Zealanders if you choose general practice,” she said.
The survey looked at factors that influenced registrars’ decision to become a GP. Ninety-two (92%) gave ‘the potential of primary care to improve lives’ as their reason. Other factors given were: the opportunity to form long term therapeutic relationships (89%), the variety of work that general practice offers (89%), the opportunity to see patients over a the course of their lives (85%), and the intellectual stimulation of seeing patients with a wide variety of clinical problems (85%).
Sixty-seven per cent (67%) of survey participants were female and 54% were aged between 30-39 years. Majority of participants were from urban practices (77%) compared 20% from rural.
Almost half of the respondents (47%) were Non-Maori while 7% were of Maori descent.