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Your first port of call if you are having difficulties should be your clinical or educational supervisor. Your Programme Directors and Associate Dean will also be happy to discuss any issues that are affecting you and your training so please do make contact.
Professional Support Unit
Health Education England - Wessex, offers support to trainees who are struggling, for whatever reason, to make progress in their training despite local support. Referrals are usually made by educational supervisors, programme directors or directors of medical education in partnership with trainees. However, trainees may self-refer.
For more information please see the PSU page on the HEE Wessex website.
Doctors’ Support Network
The Doctors’ Support Network (DSN) is a warm, friendly self-help group for doctors with mental health concerns. Telephone 0870 321 0642, or call their peer support helpline on 0870 765 0001 or visit Doctors’ Support Network website.
Helpful information can also be found on the website of the London-based Practitioner Healthcare Programme.
Dyslexia is a common condition which affects a large number of the population. The two links below are useful resources to help in dyslexia assessments. If you are a GP Trainee and know you suffer from dyslexia then please ensure you inform Health Education England (Wessex) as you will be entitled to support including extra time in professional examinations.
Royal Medical Foundation
The Royal Medical Foundation, a medical benevolent charity assists UK medical practitioners and their dependents who find themselves in financial hardship.
Visit: Royal Medical Foundation
Tel: 01372 821 011
Royal Medical Benevolent Fund
Depending on individual needs and circumstances, RMBF is able to provide grants, loans, information, advice, clothes parcels, payments to assist with domestic and financial crises or help with childcare and other costs.
Tel: 020 8540 9194
Samaritans is available 24 hours a day to provide confidential emotional support for people who are experiencing feelings of distress or despair, including those which may lead to suicide.
Visit: The Samaritans
Tel: 08457 90 90 90