Who to Turn to When Things Go Wrong

If you need help your clinical or educational supervisor may well be able to assist you. In addition core trainees will have a College tutor and higher trainees will have a Programme Director and possibly a Deputy Programme Director. There are also Directors of Postgraduate Medical Education who can be contacted via your postgraduate centre.

The postgraduate centres will be able to help with most issues.

You can also contact the Psychiatry Support Team at psychiatry.yh@hee.nhs.uk

Local Postgraduate Services
  • This is often the first port of call and you can usually find out the information you need from them
  • Postgrad services deal with HR-type issues such as contracts, pay, hours monitoring and expenses
  • They also hold a lot of information such as journal club/case conference timetables, local course availability etc
  • They can also usually signpost you to the most appropriate person to deal with any training issues such as MRCPsych Course, psychotherapy
  • Clinical Supervisor: In the North/East and West localities Clinical and educational supervisors are the same person. In South Yorkshire a clinical supervisor is different from an educational supervisor. Your clinical supervisor will be expected to deal with any clinical issues that come up. They are also helpful if you’re having any problems with the environment you’re working in or any members of staff. Many clinical supervisors are often happy to give you advice about where to take issues they do not feel are in their remit.
  • Educational Supervisor: This is the person who is best placed to address any training issues that you have. If you have a separate clinical supervisor, your educational supervisor will be able to advise you on any problems you are having with your clinical supervisor. Educational supervisors should offer support regarding every aspect of the trainees work and training. This includes raising concerns if training is considered substandard, helping trainees through difficult times e.g. during complaints and advising trainees on directions for further development (e.g. courses).
  • College Tutor: The College Tutor system is currently only operating in the North/East and West localities and is not available in South Yorkshire. A college tutor is the next in line, if the trainee feels that issues have not been adequately addressed by the Educational Supervisor.
  • Training Programme Director: Each core scheme and higher training scheme has a TPD. Their role is to ensure that trainees are able to fulfil their training needs. They will be able to advise on a range of training issues and would be the next port of call if you felt that your concerns had not been addressed through you educational supervisor and/or college tutor.
  • Director of Postgraduate Medical Education: There are currently 2 directors in our region. The Director of PGME oversees all postgraduate medical education in psychiatry including that of F2 doctors and will be aware of any issues around training including study leave, MRCPsych, psychotherapy etc. If trainees feel that their concerns have not been addressed by the TPD they may wish to contact the director of PGME for guidance on how to proceed.
  • Training Committees: Each rotation should have a Training Committee. Concerns can be brought to this forum as it is an easy way to gain advice from peers who may have been in a similar situation. Widespread issues can be minuted and taken up collectively with the appropriate person. Most committees will have reps that deal with specific aspects of work/training.
  • BMA rep: There should be a BMA rep attached to each employer that you have on your scheme. You can find out who this is through the postgraduate office and/or HR. A BMA rep will be able to advise you on any contractual issues such as pay, banding, hours, expenses, locuming etc. They are quite often happy to give advice even if you are not a BMA member. Where there is a collective problem – e.g. a non-compliant rota, a BMA rep should take this issue forward on behalf of all the trainees employed by the trust.
  • Core and Sub Specialty Higher Trainee Representatives: Each Core Scheme and Sub Specialty has a Trainee Representative.  They are happy to be contacted with any concerns and will refer these to the School Management Committee Trainee Representative if required.
  • School Management Committee Trainee Representatives: There are currently Core and Higher School Management Committee Representatives who cover the three Health Education England working across Yorkshire and the Humber areas.  They are able to take issues that have not been resolved locally to the School Management Committee Meetings.  They are often well informed about the latest developments in Training and will be happy to answer any questions and support you.
Outside your Rotation
  • Head of School: Dr Darran Bloye is the Head of School and will be happy to hear from you via email if you feel that your concerns have not been resolved.
  • Psychiatric Trainee Committee Representatives: This is a trainee who has been elected to represent their region to the Royal College of Psychiatrists. If you have issues that are to do with College guidance or policy (e.g. timing of exams, exam entry criteria) then you can ask the PTC rep to bring these up at the next meeting. As the regions are defined differently your PTC rep many not be on your rotation.

View the current PTC Representatives.

Looking After Yourself

Psychiatry trainees are not immune from needing support themselves sometimes.

  • All trusts will have a counselling service often as part of their occupational health department. You can usually get a short course of counselling free of charge, which may be extended further if needed.
  • Psychiatrists' Support Service is a free confidential support service for trainee members and members of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, addressing a wide range of issues from exam stress to bullying and harassment. View further information.
  • View information on the Health Education England working across Yorkshire and the Humber Trainee Support.
Where you can Find Answers for Yourself