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Professional support for postgraduate medical and dental trainees

Health Education England (HEE) is committed to enabling all postgraduate medical and dental trainees to maximise the opportunities available to them throughout their training. 

Professional support resources, usually coordinated through a Professional Support Unit (PSU) or Professional support and Wellbeing Unit (PSWU) cover all of HEE's regions. 

See your region below for details of local PSU and PSWU resources.

London and Kent, Surrey and Sussex

The Professional Support Unit (PSU) is a service primarily dedicated to supporting the progression of postgraduate medical and dental trainees through their training.

Access to the service is self-referral only, trainees can contact the service or fill in the online application form.

We have recently developed a COVID-19 Wellbeing Hub where we have gathered information and resources together to help trainees and signpost them to routes for support.

Contact: psu.lase@hee.nhs.uk

More information: https://london.hee.nhs.uk/pdt

Thames Valley

The PSWS is dedicated to helping doctors, dentists and pharmacists across the Thames Valley fulfil their career potential.

We are a group of case managers and coaches who put trainee support and wellbeing at the heart of what we do.

Our services include enhanced exam support, wellbeing services, personal coaching and mentoring to address career and performance improvement needs, and workshops and information designed to support career choices. We also provide support and advice to educators, supervisors, responsible officers and employers in the Thames Valley in their work with doctors, dentists and pharmacists, whether in training or not.

Access to the service is by self-referral or referral by an educator.

Contact: PSW.TV@hee.nhs.uk

More information: https://thamesvalley.hee.nhs.uk/resources-information/professional-support-wellbeing/

Wessex

The Professional Support and Wellbeing Unit (PSW) is available to doctors and dentists in training. Access is normally via referral by Clinical/ Educational supervisor or TPD but trainees are able to self refer during the COVID-19 pandemic.

*It is only possible to self-refer for support as a direct result of experiences with COVID-19. We are unable to accept self-referrals for non-COVID-19 related issues.

Contact:PSW.WX@hee.nhs.uk

More Information:https://wessex.hee.nhs.uk/wellbeing-and-support/psw/

East of England

The Professional Support and Wellbeing Service provides support to doctors & dentists in a training programme.

Access is normally via referral by Clinical/ Educational supervisor or TPD but trainees are able to self refer during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Contact: PSW.EoE@hee.nhs.uk 

More information: https://heeoe.hee.nhs.uk/psw/east-england-professional-support-and-well-being-service

East Midlands

The Professional Support and Wellbeing Service is available to doctors and dentists in training. The service can be accessed either through Clinical/ Educational supervisor/ TPD referral, or self-referral.

Contact: psw.em@hee.nhs.uk

More information: https://www.eastmidlandsdeanery.nhs.uk/trainee/psu

North East and North Cumbria

The Trainee Support Service provides Occupational Health services and confidential coaching support to doctors & dentists in a training programme. Access to these services is via referral by TPD.

Further information: https://madeinheene.hee.nhs.uk/education2/Trainee-Support-Service

North West

The Training Support Network (TSN) was established to signpost trainees and trainers to specialist support services.  There you will find a Directory of services that hosts a variety of different support options and collated useful sources of information, including the HEE NW careers guidance service. 

Further information: https://www.nwpgmd.nhs.uk/TSN

West Midlands

The Professional Support and Wellbeing service can be accessed by doctors and dentists in training, by self-referral or referral from a trainer.

Contact: psu.wm@hee.nhs.uk

More information: https://www.westmidlandsdeanery.nhs.uk/support/professional-support-and-well-being

Yorkshire and the Humber

HEE Yorkshire and the Humber fund short term local counselling services for both doctors and dentists in training. The website includes signposting to other support resources.

More information: https://www.yorksandhumberdeanery.nhs.uk/learner_support

South West

The Professional Support and Wellbeing Service can be accessed by self-referral, or referral from a trainer/supervisor.

Contact: PSW.SW@hee.nhs.uk.

More information: Peninsula Deanery - https://peninsuladeanery.nhs.uk/about-us/professional-support-and-well-being-south-west/ Severn Deanery - https://www.severndeanery.nhs.uk/about-us/professional-support-and-well-being-south-west/