Covid-19 and Shielding SuppoRTT

During the Covid-19 pandemic those classed as clinically extremely vulnerable were advised to take additional action to avoid exposure to the virus through strict social-distancing measures and “shielding”.  Shielding doctors and other vulnerable groups faced a potentially prolonged period away from clinical training, sometimes up 12-18 months. This could cause skills-fade and other detrimental effects such as a decrease in confidence and increase in imposter syndrome feelings. 

Trainees returning to training from a prolonged period of absence are advised to make their educational supervisor/and/or TPD aware as early as possible when they are returning to training so that additional support measure may be put in place.  Don't forget; if you are struggling, we can provide 1:1 (virtual) counselling and coaching with our specialist external providers if needed, in some cases within within 24-48 hours. Just email us at  Please note that you may be asked to self-refer (or ask your ES/TPD to refer you) to the PSW so we can deal with your case.

We have put together below some useful resources for help coping with the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. 



Face to Face and Online Simulation Coaching
  • Nottingham University Hospitals have offered their clinical skills rooms to returning trainees who wish to practice their skills.  Please email their SuppoRTT Team at to book a slot.


  • University Hospitals of Leicester offer free 1:2:1 Simulation Support for UHL trainees only.  They also offer Virtual Reality Simulation support for all trainees regardless of region and specialty. This is a great opportunity for SuppoRTT trainees across the East Midlands to use the Virtual reality SIM scenarios.  If you are due to return to training and feel you might benefit from the support, please contact Malcolm Smith at with the following information: 1 - Return date; 2 - Specialty; 3 - Grade; 4 - Educational supervision. 

Online Resources for Clinical Updates & e-Learning

HEE e-Learning for Healthcare (e-LfH)  

HEE e-LfH’s Covid-19 e-learning programme is free to access, with no requirement to log in, for the entire UK health and care workforce, including the NHS, independent sector and social care. Recently added content includes a remote consultation session for GPs that has been added to the folder for staff working in community setting, Quick Reference Guides (QRGs) for the medical and nursing workforce and Standard Operating Procedures, specifically for staff working in NHS Nightingale. For more information and to access the programme select here.

SuppoRTT for doctors returning to work in the pandemic

Knowledge refresher webinars: a series knowledge refresher webinar sessions for doctors who are coming back from a break from clinical practice into an unprecedented and uncertain period of clinical work. All of the sessions are recorded and can be watched after a few days (to allow editing) here:

Podcasts: SuppoRTT Podcasts have now launched! They cover a range of themes: well being, return to training, redeployment, difficult communication, supervision etc. You can listen to the first 2 episodes here The link to the list is

Facebook support groups

UHL SuppoRTT for doctors:

Covid Returning Doctors Support (3 membership questions must be answered to enable access to the group):

Covid Doctors Forum (UK):

The SuppoRTT offices will also be converting their usual courses and workshops to Skype/Zoom (check the regional SuppoRTT websites for further details).

Webinars for Paediatric Trainees returning to training from the RCPCH:

Current GMC guidance:

Other sources:

RCP e-Learning:

RCEM Learning

RCPSG e-Learning:

RCEM Clinical Updates:

Critical Care Education Updates:

Where to get up to date information about COVID 19

For information about COVID-19 your first port of call should always be our website at: This page is being regularly updated so please check for latest information.