We recognise that many trainees and educators will be facing anxieties as Wessex has started to see an increasing number of COVID-19 cases. During these unprecedented times, it is important for you to:
- Keep up-to-date with the latest COVID-19 information
- Utilise self-help resources
- Speak with your Educators/Supervisors and/or colleagues if you have experienced particularly difficult or traumatic situations (to ensure that the necessary support is put into place in your workplace)
- Seek further help if you need it
The following information and links to resources have been created or hand-picked from external sources, for ease of reference:
Wessex Self-help Resources:
Other Self-help Resources:
Practitioner Health Programme (available to any doctor – links to lots of useful resources, Zoom group, daily webinars etc – you do not need to register to use this service)
iTalk call 023 8038 3920
BMA Wellbeing Support Services (available to all UK doctors, medical students and their spouses/partners and dependants aged 16-24) – access is available without being a member
Hospital wellbeing services (counsellors)
Individual Royal Colleges
Further Trainee Support (if Things are Getting Difficult):
Speak to your Educators/Supervisors (where possible), so they can refer you to the Wessex Professional Support Unit (PSU)
Self-refer* to the Wessex Professional Support Unit (PSU) – further information below
Further Support for Educators:
We would advise Educators to read the Supervisors’ Guide to Supporting Learners’ Mental Health (READ ONLINE) for up-to-date advice on how to help support trainees during this difficult time. A printable version is also available.
We understand that current circumstances are far from “ordinary” for Educators too. Therefore, it is currently possible for Educators to self-refer* to the Wessex Professional Support Unit (PSU) – further information is available below.
Wessex Professional Support Unit (PSU):
Ordinarily we do not accept self-referrals, but we understand that current circumstances are far from “ordinary”. Therefore, if you require additional support as a direct result of experiences with COVID-19* and are unable to discuss any problems you may be experiencing with your supervisor (we still recommend this method where possible), it is currently possible to submit a Self-referral Form to request support from the Wessex Professional Support Unit.
In current circumstances, all meetings will be conducted by phone or video link.
For further information about the Wessex PSU, please click here.
PLEASE NOTE – we are unable to provide emergency support as there may be a slight delay in allocating a Case Manager. If you require emergency assistance, please contact your local emergency support (own GP or Practitioner Health Programme) in the first instance.
*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.