Health Education England (HEE) recognises that doctors in training have been asked to work in difficult and complex circumstances with great clinical pressure. HEE can help trainees by recruiting experienced medical educators, academics and others who are unable to take up or wish to supplement clinical work to provide personal and organisational professional support. These roles, undertaken remotely, demonstrate HEE’s continued commitment to the support and welfare of junior doctors at a time of increased stress. We anticipate that up to 2000 experienced doctors will return, ensuring their skills and experience further strengthen the NHS clinical effort to protect lives during this pandemic.
Professor Wendy Reid Acting Chief Executive HEE said:
“I would like to personally thank all of the many doctors and clinicians who have already pledged your support during this very difficult time. I do appreciate that everyone’s circumstance will be different but I sincerely hope if you are able, you will volunteer your skills and experience for this scheme to support our trainees during this COVID-19 emergency.”
John Howard, FRCGP, a retired GP who spent the last ten years of his career working in medical education has agreed to return to HEE to support current junior doctors in this important fight. John said:
“Having spent 43 years of my life working for patients as a GP and particularly as a GP educator before retiring, I am keen to use my experience in the best way possible to support the brilliant and dedicated young clinicians in the NHS. I know my skills will be best used to ensure the highest possible standards of education and care for the wellbeing of colleagues are available during this emergency.”
Prof Simon Gregory DL, Deputy Medical Director, Primary and Integrated Care, HEE said:
“It is vital that our trainees are fully supported; we absolutely value the wisdom these colleagues will bring back. They will be providing expert guidance and support in recruitment, assessment, supervision and vital debriefs. I look forward to welcoming and working with our valued colleagues.”