Help and Support

At a local level, help should be forthcoming from the trainees Educational/Clinical Supervisor, and from the Locality TPD for CMT trainees. Any health concerns can be raised with the Occupational Health Department of the employing trust. Educational concerns can also be raised with the local Directors of Postgraduate Medical Education, via the Postgraduate Centres.

At a School level help can be requested from the Training Programme Directors (TPDs) or Heads of School, or the Deputy Deans, and will be confidential if requested. The trainee representatives (TRs) can raise your concerns about your programme or the office in which you work at the Trainee Forum. Specific advice is available from Health Education England working across Yorkshire and the Humber for many areas listed in the column on the left-hand side of this page, such as 'Less than Full-Time Training', Inter-Deanery Transfers, etc. These issues are fully described on the main Health Education England working across Yorkshire and the Humber website.

Nationally, the BMA are able to help their members, especially with contractual issues. The medical defence societies can help with any queries regarding potential litigation, and the Royal College of Physicians will advise on a wide range of professional issues - they also have College Tutors appointed in each trust, who can be approached.

What other support is available

HEE Yorkshire and the Humber has a very well established coaching service that you may find particularly helpful with decisions regarding career planning. We also have our highly regarded Take Time support and counselling service. Further information on these can be found here.

The Foundation School have written a fantastic guide to well being resources that is as relevenat to Medicine as it is to anyone else and is well worth looking at.

Mindfulness

Medicine is inherently stressful and is a job that often leads to people ruminating about decisions made and previous events. One way of helping to address this is via 'Mindfulness'

For a 5 minute introduction to the topic explaining what it is and what it may be good for try the e-LfH module at https://www.e-lfh.org.uk/programmes/introduction-to-mindfulness/

After doing that you may want to consider exploring it further and there are many resources both online, in books and on mobile apps that may help you with this.

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