Table 1

Characteristics of training positions and the range of possible levels presented within the choice scenarios. (Application for training posts: We would like you to consider some alternative training posts/opportunities open to you after you have completed your FY2 training. Imagine back to December 2016 when the application deadlines were for core, specialty and GP training courses and imagine that you were considering two alternatives. The two positions only differ according to the characteristics outlined in the table below. All other unmentioned characteristics are the same. Please take some time to look over these.)

CharacteristicsDescriptionPossible levels
Geographical LocalityThis refers to the geographical location of the training position including amenities on offer, and the proximity to your family and friends and/or spouse/partner employment opportunities.Desirable Location
Undesirable Location
Familiarity with specialtyThis refers to how familiar you are with the specialty, whether you have rotated around it previously or have knowledge or experience of it.Very familiar
Quite familiar
Culture of working and learning environmentThis refers to perceiving that you are a valued and respected member of staff whose training and learning needs are supported.Supportive Culture
Unsupportive Culture
Potential EarningsThis refers to how your potential earnings compare against average career earnings in your chosen specialty after completing training.Average Earnings
5% above average earnings
10% above average earnings
20% above average earnings
Working conditionsThis refers to working conditions, such as rotas and shift patterns, amount of on call, time off and staffing levels.Excellent Conditions
Good Conditions
Poor Conditions
Opportunities for Professional DevelopmentThis refers to opportunities to undertake academic research, teaching and training throughout your training programme and career.Excellent opportunities
Average opportunities
Poor opportunities