Professional Support and Wellbeing Service

(PSW)

Covid-19 Guidance (Click)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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HEEM are committed to providing excellent education and rewarding training programmes for both doctors and dentists. We are also aware that training to be a doctor and dentist requires a lot of time, determination and skill. It’s no mean feat, and there are periods where trainees may require some extra support. This is where the Professional Support & Wellbeing service comes in.

The Professional Support Wellbeing service (PSW) provides short-term, solution-focussed interventions for trainee doctors and dentists who are having difficulty progressing in training. Each trainee referred to the service has a dedicated PSW case manager who arranges support via specialist providers and then monitors their progress.

 

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“Guide junior doctors and dentists through supportive interventions that make a positive difference to their training and wellbeing”

Trainees can be referred to the PSW by both supervisors and through self-referrals. For more information on this, please see our 'Making a Referral' page.

 

 

 

 

 

Your wellbeing through the Covid-19 pandemic

The PSW has been reviewing how we can help trainees who have may have experienced an adverse Covid-19 related impact on their wellbeing.

We realise that any impact is highly individual and may reflect the very different experiences that all our trainees may have had through the pandemic to date. Wellbeing support provided by our local education providers seems to have been strong through these difficult times but as we return towards the new normal and with many trainees moving to a new training location in August and beyond we wish to ensure that we provide a range of support that suits individuals needs with continuity being provided where needed.

In order to guide the shape of our support, Dr Chris Hewitt, who is an experienced GP and Associate Postgraduate Dean has considered the evidence from previous traumatic events to develop a briefing paper. This, along with discussions with our specialist medical training Occupational Heath physicians, indicates that a tiered approach to support would seem most appropriate and hence we have adjusted our offer of support to reflect this. This may be updated with time.

The PSW is here to support you and should you wish to talk to one of our Case Managers they are always willing to do so in confidence. If you are concerned about the potential impact of the pandemic on your training then you may wish to speak to your educational supervisor or TPD in the first instance.

 

1 - Immediate support needs:

For those with urgent health needs, we can guide you to rapid access help through the NHS mental health providers across the East Midlands. If you no longer feel able to cope or you are experiencing suicidal thoughts, please contact the following services:

 

Northamptonshire:               https://www.nhft.nhs.uk/mentalhealth-number

Lincolnshire:                            https://www.lpft.nhs.uk/contact-us/need-help-now

Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland   https://www.leicspart.nhs.uk/contact/urgent-help/

Derbyshire:                             https://www.derbyshirehealthcareft.nhs.uk/getting-help/help-mental-health-crisis

Nottinghamshire:                  https://www.nottinghamshirehealthcare.nhs.uk/help-in-a-crisis

 

2 - Medium support needs:

For those who recognise that the Covid-19 pandemic has adversely affected their wellbeing in some way and are seeking support to understand your situation and assist you in helping to cope then a confidential discussion with our professional counselling, Pro-counselling, may be helpful (Flyer). Please see contact details below for PSW team.

We are working with our colleagues at Pro-counselling to develop useful supportive information and we will add links from this page.

 

3 – General support needs:

Consider seeing your own GP. The PSW has informed GPs across the East Midlands about the services that we offer.

 

4 - Career guidance:

In recognition that the recent events might have triggered some thoughts about alternative career pathways. We would encourage you to discuss this with your Educational supervisor and/or Training Programme Director who should be able to assist you but we do have a confidential careers advice service for those who would like to talk matters through and help you to come to a thoughtful and balanced decision.

 

Additional wellbeing links:

We are aware of the seemingly endless number of web links to organisations offering support in relation to wellbeing. The Doctors Mess has recently been brought to our attention and has NHS support.

We are also maintaining our links to the national HEE webpage, AoMRC, BMA and GMC, all of which regularly update their information on training matters and which also have information on wellbeing. We also have a link to our Supportive Return to Training (SuppoRTT) webpage.

 

We hope that the above information is helpful to you. Should you wish to talk to us then please contact us as listed below.

 

The Professional Support & Wellbeing Team are available during usual office hours, not weekends or bank holidays:

PSW Case Managers:

Shared Inbox: Psw.em@hee.nhs.uk

Fiona Perfect: Fiona.perfect@hee.nhs.uk (07795600616)

Laura Abbott: Laura.abbott@hee.nhs.uk (07920708621)

Regional Careers Manager:

Sarah Bentley (Careers.em@hee.nhs.uk) (07826908487) (Webpages)

Supported Return to Training (SuppoRTT) Officer:

Lynne Cooke (suppoRTT.em@hee.nhs.uk) (Webpages)

 

Useful Health Education East Midlands Team Contacts

General Enquiries

 

Recruitment

 

Leicester

0116 312 0620

medicalrecruitment.em@hee.nhs.uk

General Enquiries

 

Programmes

 

Leicester

0116 312 0670

specialtyprogrammes.em@hee.nhs.uk

General Enquiries

 

Assessments and Revalidation

 

Leicester

0116 312 0690

assessments.em@hee.nhs.uk

General Enquiries

 

Quality

 

Leicester

 

quality.me@hee.nhs.uk

General Enquiries

 

Faculty Support

 

Leicester

0116 312 0671

esd.em@hee.nhs.uk

 

NHS Staff Support

Please see further resources for all NHS staff during this difficult time.

Wellbeing Poster - Contains 24/7 support via phone/text

 

 

 

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