Support for GP Trainees

 Additional help and support is available for trainees with health related problems or educational issues.

I am struggling with my training –who can I speak to for help?

 At times you may feel overwhelmed and feel that you are starting to struggle with your training. This is nothing to be ashamed of and it is better to seek help as soon as you recognise this rather than waiting until it is too late. There are many people who you can turn to for support. This may only be for a chat or for more structured or formal help.

 Your Supervisor, TPDs, Programme Support Officer, HR Officer and Occupational Health colleagues can offer an array of solutions or help that you may not have even thought of so please do get in touch.


I am struggling with my mental health what can I do?

 Please make contact with your TPD, Supervisor, Programme Support Officer or HR Officer to ask for help and advice. Feeling down, anxious, stressed, lonely, lost, or worried is nothing to be ashamed of and something that we can try to help you with. If you have any concerns or queries about any aspect of your training or employment, please let us know.

 For mental health and psychological issues, we would encourage you to also make an appointment with your own GP to seek further support and you can also self-refer to the NHS Practitioner Service to access help.

All of the details for the NHS Practitioner Health Programme can be found here:


 I failed an Exam what can I do - What can be done to support me?

 Failing an exam can be very stressful and anxiety provoking. If you have failed an Exam please reach out for support. Speak to your Educational Supervisor and TPD’s.

A meeting will be set up to discuss your Exam fail and a plan will be made as to how best to help you succeed.

SOX (Support on Exams)

Details of the SOX Programme for CSA/RCA Exam Support are

There is also a Trainee resource known as the Exam Game Plan that helps trainees identify reasons foe Exam fail. Please ask a TPD.

Dyslexia –what can be done to support me?

 There is extra support for trainees with Dyslexia to help Exam pass. Please arrange to meet with your Supervisor/Trainer or TPD to ask for support. They will then direct you to the British Dyslexia Association website to carry out a screening test.


I am returning to work after a prolonged absence - What support is available?

Supported Return to Work

Supported Return to Training (SuppoRTT) is a centrally funded Health Education England (HEE) initiative which aims to support ALL trainees to safely and confidently return to training after a sustained period of absence.

Support Services

Additional help and support is available for trainees with health related problems or educational issues. If you require help or information about additional support services we would strongly encourage you to speak to a training programme director or a programme coordinator. There are specialist services for health and educational support provided for HENE through the Lead Employer Trust.

If you need to raise a concern please use the following link:

HEE “Support for trainees” page is available here

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