Give us feedback on Higher Specialist Training posts – Complete the 2018 Training Post Evaluation

What did you think of the Higher Specialist Training post you completed this year?

You have the power to make a difference: Please complete the Training Post Evaluation by 31 July 2018

We need to know if you have any concerns about the SpR posts you completed in 2017 - 2018.

We are asking all doctors in Higher Specialist Training to complete a short online Training Post Evaluation. It only takes 10 minutes to complete and your answers are totally confidential.

In it you will be asked to evaluate the training post you completed this year, including the working conditions and the support that was, or wasn't, available to you.

Your honest feedback will help us identify any issues affecting the quality of training in specific posts or sites so that we can take action. 

Please help us improve the quality of training for all RCPI Trainees by completing the Training Post Evaluation today.

The online evaluation form will remain online until 31 July 2018.


Click here to complete the 2018 Training Post Evaluation for Higher Specialist Training - Your feedback is totally confidential and it only takes 10 minutes

What is the Training Post Evaluation?

We ask all RCPI Basic and Higher Specialist Trainees to complete this short, anonymous evaluation at the end of each training post.

Its purpose is to help us identify any issues affecting the quality of your training in specific posts or sites, so that we can take action. 

This information will allow us to benchmark each RCPI training post nationally, and enable us to continue to drive improvements in training.

To protect your anonymity, you will not be asked for any identifying information such as your name, date of birth or RCPI ID number.

To further protect your anonymity, we will analyse only aggregate data once more than two years of data have been collected and more than five Trainees have provided feedback on each post, we will begin to analyse data at site/post level.

Play your role in shaping the future of training. We ask you to provide feedback - positive and negative.

Dr Cormac Kennedy

Chair, RCPI Trainees' Committee

What we know, thanks to the Training Post Evaluation

The Training Post Evaluation was launched in 2016 with one key objective - to improve training conditions.

The initiative is overseen by a working group comprising National Specialty Directors, RCPI senior management, the RCPI Trainees' Committee and the RCPI Research Department.

Over the past two years, Trainees have been voluntarily submitting confidential feedback to RCPI on the quality of their training posts.

In 2017, the response rates were 47% in BST and 40% in HST. The more Trainees that respond, the better our data.

Here are some findings:

  • 31% of respondents in BST had completed a Graduate Entry Medicine programme
  • 48% of respondents in HST had previously worked abroad
  • in 2017, 70% of respondents in BST would recommend their training post to others; this figure was 87% for respondents in HST
  • Areas that scored highly included: good clinical case mix, felt more confident as a doctor after the post, supportive workplace, and treated with respect (higher in HST)
  • Areas for improvements included: Feedback on performance, structure of training in BST, cover for educational leave in BST, EWTD compliance

Our objective is to deliver outstanding training with accountability. By and large, I believe training is a very positive experience for our Trainees, but there are situations where we can improve training on particular sites in particular areas. The only way we can gauge this is by getting accurate feedback on the strengths and weaknesses of every training post.

Professor Anthony O'Regan

Dean of Postgraduate Specialist Training

Contact us

If you require any further information please email

Higher Specialist Training

Tel: +353 (0) 863 7624

Contact our Higher Specialist Training department for information about HST and how to apply.