Referral information

Please see instructions below for the different referrals. Please be aware that the Wessex PSW currently only funds support Wessex doctors in postgraduate training.

Referrals will be processed within 7 days of being received, however appropriate support may take four to six weeks to be allocated.

Wessex PSW Referrals

Educator: complete Referral Form after gaining doctors’ consent, (this will be shared with the doctor).

Doctor in postgraduate training: will be sent a link to complete the second part of the referral form once the referrer has completed the first part of the referral form.

UPDATE: We will shortly be updating our referral form. Instead of being completed in two parts as above, it will require the referrer and the doctor being referred to complete it together. It will be a shorter, simplified form. This is to ensure the doctors give consent and are fully aware of the contents of the referral form.

Exam support referral

You must allow a minimum of eight weeks prior to any exams when requesting exam support. A doctor generally needs to have been unsuccessful at an exam twice before being referred for exam support, with the exception of GP trainees due to the short time in training. There may be circumstances when it is felt that specialist, specific support is needed to prevent exam failure in the first place.

Please refer to the Who to refer for exam support document or the Exams and Dyslexia pages for further guidance.

Follow-up actions

PSW team: triage the forms on receipt and contact with further guidance

Doctor: read the Information for doctors in postgraduate training page

Doctor: complete and return a Consent and Questionnaire form (sent via email)

Doctor: if referred for dyslexia support doctors will need to have had an eye test within the last two years, and purchased glasses/contact lenses as per the recommended prescription (prescribed within the last 2 years)