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Mental health and wellbeing review

As part of Facing the Facts, Shaping the Future we have commissioned a review of mental health and wellbeing of students and those training in the NHS.

There are increasing reports of learner (students and doctors in training) distress and mental health problems from a number of countries. Many reports focus on the individuals, their generation (they are being blamed rather than their issues understood), the learning environments or employment conditions. However, the breadth of the causes, the perspectives of those affected and the actions that can or should be taken to reverse this concerning trend have not been examined in detail.

HEE’s Chair, Sir Keith Pearson, will lead a commission on the mental health and wellbeing of students and those training in the NHS.

This will consider the causes, international evidence, successful interventions including best practice from other sectors and make recommendations.

We recognise many other organisations have commissioned work in this area specific to their stakeholders or raised concerns about these issues recently. This commission will not seek to impose a single view but will listen to experts, bring together ‘best practice’ and enable read across from individual professions or organisations so that the whole NHS can benefit. The commission will report publicly via the HEE Board with a comprehensive set of recommendations to help employers, regulators, other stakeholders and staff, including those in training.

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