Only a quarter of physicians feel valued by employer, survey finds
Authors: Abi Rimmer
Publication date: 15 Aug 2017
In April the Royal College of Physicians asked consultant physicians about their wellbeing. It surveyed a third (4747) of substantive consultant physicians working in the UK and received responses from 1454 (30% response rate).
Just over three quarters (78%) of consultant physicians said that, for more than half of the time, they felt valued by patients, and 70% felt valued by colleagues and staff. But just 26% felt valued by the hospital they worked for, and among female consultants this proportion fell to 20%.
Only a third (35%) of respondents said that they felt fulfilled more than 50% of the time. Just over a third (39%) said that their working lives would be improved by having annualised hours (working a set number of hours a year, but with varying weekly hours), and 33% said that they wanted a sabbatical. The college said that if working patterns were altered to create seven day working then such flexible working could be incorporated.
Half (52%) of respondents said that their perfect job plan would include more research. Two fifths (41%) said that their dream job would include more teaching, and 47% said that they would like to spend more time with patients.
The most popular age for retirement was between 60 and 64. When asked what their personal drivers to retirement would be, respondents most commonly cited personal life (70%), the pressure of work (52%), increased stress (49%), and pension arrangements (43%). They also cited uncertainty about the future of the NHS (31%) as a reason for retiring.
When asked what they would like to have said about them when they retired, most respondents said that they would like to be known for making a difference. Over half (57%) said that they wanted to be seen as a hard worker or a good doctor, and 34% wanted to be noted for having made a difference in a patient centred way.
- Royal College of Physicians. Consultant physician wellbeing survey 2017. Jul 2017. [Link] .
Abi Rimmer The BMJ