Source of Support

There are several sources of support should a trainee find themselves in difficulty (for whatever reason).

Trainees who find themselves in difficulty are encouraged to speak to their Clinical Supervisors, Educational Supervisors or Training Programme Directors promptly in order to get the most appropriate support.

Local counselling and external sources of support

Health Education England - Yorkshire and the Humber funds local counselling services for both Doctors and Dentists alike.  Alternatively there are many external sources and we list a set of links to these also.  Details of sources of support are available on the Trainee Support section of the main HEE site.

Careers advice

Uncertainty about career options can be a cause of stress. The Foundation School aims to help trainees make informed decisions about their future.

SuppoRTT (Supported Return to Training)

Many trainees take a period of absence from training for a number of reasons which can often vary in duration. This can include; Parental leave, OOP, Carers leave and Sickness. HEE understands that regardless of the reason, returning back into training can be a difficult and stressful time for a trainee. However, you are not on your own, Health Education England and your School are here to support and guide you through this process.

If you have any questions or queries please do not hesitate to contact the SuppoRTT team at

Less than Full Time Training (LTFT)

Health Education England, working across Yorkshire and the Humber (HEEYH) offers support to all trainees who, for well-founded individual reasons, wish to be considered for Less than Full-time Training (LTFT). The intention is to keep doctors within the NHS who might otherwise leave due to an inability to work on a full time basis. LTFT is available to all training grades within HEEYH. 

The key aims of LTFT training are:

  • To retain doctors within the NHS workforce who are unable to train on a full time basis
  • To promote career development and work/life balance for doctors training within the NHS
  • To ensure continued training in programmes on a time-equivalent (pro rata) basis
  • To maintain a balance in LTFT arrangements with regards to educational needs and those of the service