PhD: A mixed-methods study of career-decision making in Foundation Programme doctors

PhD:  A mixed-methods study of career-decision making in Foundation Programme doctors

Medical workforce training and planning are at the forefront of policy and practice discussions. Difficulties in recruiting and retaining trainees threaten the reliable delivery of care and have massive long-term implications for the NHS in Scotland. This project will employ a discrete choice experiment (DCE) to explore the factors influencing medical trainee career-decision making to better understand the flow of trainees through the training pathway. It forms part of a broader PhD research project led by Medical Education entitled ‘A mixed-methods study of career-decision making in Foundation Programme doctors’.

Outcome and Translation

The research undertaken within this PhD thesis provides important information to workforce planners and to the NHS on quantifying the factors that medical trainees find important in their training stages and thus provides the service with a better understanding the flow of trainees through the training pathway.

PhD Student:  Gillian Scanlan 

Supervisors: Diane Skåtun (HERU); J. Cleland (Medical Education, University of Aberdeen); P. Johnston, K. Walker (NHS Education for Scotland).

Publications

Scanlan, G.M., Cleland, J., Johnston, P., Walker, K., Krucien, N. and Skåtun, D. (2018) 'What factors are critical to attracting NHS foundation doctors into specialty or core training? A discrete choice experiment', BMJ Open, 8(3), e019911.

Scanlan, G., Johnston, P., Walker, K., Skåtun, D. and Cleland, J. (2020) 'Today's doctors: what do men and women value in a training post?', Medical Education, [Epub ahead of print].

Presentations

Scanlan, G.M., Cleland, J., Johnston, P., Walker, K., Krucien, N. and Skåtun, D. (2018) 'What factors are critical to attracting NHS foundation doctors into specialty or core training? A discrete choice experiment', Scottish Medical Education Conference, Edinburgh International Conference Centre, Edinburgh, 26-27 April 2018.