We will be continually updating this website as further information, documentation and announcements occur.
This local HEE YH resource should be read in conjunction with HEE’s national dedicated website: https://www.hee.nhs.uk/coronavirus-information-trainees
Respiratory Care and Assessment (Acknowledgements to Gloucestershire NHS FT)
AHPs & Healthcare Sciences
Appraisal, revalidation and indemnity
Apprenticeship Hub COVID-19 Bulletins
Assessment and Exams
Consultants & Trainers
Correspondence from other National Bodies
Flexible training/Out Of Programme (OOP) trainees
HEE Education and Training Daily Digests
Learning Disability, Autism and Mental Heath
Less than full time training
National Specialty Recruitment
Nursing & Midwifery
Personal Protection Equipment
Redeployment/Return to practice
Undergraduate – Medical
Wellbeing and support
We expect that many staff are going to want additional support during the next few months and beyond. We want to support you. You can find details of support available to all Y&H trainees below. We are also making this support available to Trust doctors and senior staff.
These are challenging times, it is ok not to be ok.
We will all react to Covid-19 in different ways – as well as being concerned for our patients, we might be concerned for our own health, and that of our loved ones or colleagues, we might be feeling challenged because we are going to have to do a different role, and feel anxious about that, we might be challenged by what’s going on with regard to recruitment, exams, career progression. And that’s before we look to wider socio-economic challenges regionally, nationally and globally. There’s enough to be thinking about right now. We hear your anxieties.
The good thing is that there is lots of support available, should you need it. In fact there is so much out there it may be tricky to identify the best source for you. You will already have your own tried and tested sources of support amongst friends and family - don’t forget to carry on doing what you normally do to feel ok. Here is what is additionally available:
All Trusts across the deanery have established wellbeing support services which you will be able to access. Try looking on the local intranet, Trust social media or asking your supervisor for more information.
If you are an interim foundation year 1 doctor the medical schools in Y&H have devised a package of support which you can access.
Coaching offers you time to think without judgement in a confidential space.
All our coaches are clinicians and involved in medical education, so will understand the pressures you are under and how these impact on your training. There is no communication between your coach and your training programme or employer. This makes it a really helpful place to explore workplace challenges. You can have a one-off session, or several sessions, depending on your needs – your coach can help you decide. You can also have a call to talk through with someone how coaching might be of benefit to you. Contact email@example.com stating your full name, grade, place of work and specialty.
Workplace Wellbeing is a trainee psychological support services available to those working in South Yorkshire.
Please telephone: 0114 226 1810
Take Time is a psychological support service based in Leeds available to trainees in West Yorkshire and North Yorkshire and the East Coast.
We recognise the enormous value of speaking to others who can relate to what you are experiencing. If you would like to speak to a peer, rather than a coach, we are now running a peer support scheme. To access this please contact firstname.lastname@example.org stating clearly that you wish some peer support. You will be matched with another Y&H trainee who has received training in peer support, and then emailed each other's contact details. You can connect when it is mutually convenient – this is confidential, and independent from your training programme, and all about your wellbeing.
Skills to help you help yourself
HEEYH is currently offering these free 60 minute webinars via zoom to support your wellbeing:
Tools for Tough Times - this session is provided by Edmund Cross, Facilitation Development Training. This session will introduce an invaluable set of tools that can be used by individuals and teams to:
- Recognise, validate and process feelings in the here and now
- Anticipate and gather resources in an uncertain and escalating crisis
- Sustain emotional energy during this extremely challenged situation
You will leave the session equipped with essential skills and knowledge which will benefit you in your personal and professional lives. We do not currently have any confirmed future dates for these sessions but for more information please email email@example.com.
Wellness Induction - these two hour sessions, specifically designed for FiY1 trainees (provided by Dr Jaimee Wylam, Public Health Registrar and Dr Martin Billington, GP) will allow you to explore what contributes to your wellbeing and think practically about how to keep well during challenging times.
Overcoming Imposter Syndrome - you may be feeling anxious about the role assigned to you during Covid-19 and feel you are not up to the job. These are normal feelings. This session shares evidence-based tools to manage anxious thoughts and cope with our Imposter selves. For more information please click here.
Mindfulness - Mindfulness is an evidence based intervention which has been shown to help in the management of stress.The mindfulness sessions are run by Dr Sanjay Suri Consultant Pediatrician or Dr Shub Suri (GP) Mindfulness practicing teachers.
Skills to help you help others
As described above we are now running a peer support scheme. You may wish to offer your peers or colleagues some structured support during this time. If so you can train as a peer supporter via a one hour zoom session. You will learn how to run a 6 step model for a peer support session. If you are interested, check out the 'key qualities of a peer mentor' document at the bottom of this page. To access the training, email firstname.lastname@example.org stating clearly that you wish to train.
Follow up sessions via zoom will be available for any questions you may have and for supervision.
Lots more available in the 'additional support services for trainees...' at the bottom of this page
BMA Wellbeing support services - freely available resources for doctors and medical students– available 24/7
Specialty-based Support - you may be able to get support via your School or College. You can access these avenues of support by looking on the relevant webpages for your School or College.