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Support for Trainees

This is a new section being developed that will have sources of information to provide support for Trainees, including Financial Support. 

In the meantime, please use the links below to gain access to other areas of the Oxford Deanery site, in addition to external sites, to obtain further information.

Careers Support

Professional Support Unit

NHS Careers

Medic Support Service

Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust offer a confidential rapid response service, with a choice of brief Psychotherapy or Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy services, available in accessible settings in Oxford, Thame and Reading. You can refer yourself or be referred by an Educational Supervisor or Occupational Health Physician.

More information can be obtained from the Medic Support Information Leaflet.


Reflection and Reflective Practice

All doctors, whether in training programmes or not, are expected to reflect on their practice. It prompts you to consider what you’ve read in the context of your personal development, and identify specific areas of skills and experience you may want to improve when treating patients. It forms part of the formal annual appraisal process and contributes to the evidence required by the GMC for revalidation and keeping your licence to practise. Many doctors tend to reflect on situations where ‘things didn’t go well’, and indeed trainees are required to formally reflect on Serious Incidents Requiring Investigation (SIRI) / Serious Untoward Incidents (SUI) and complaints as part of their training. Reflection is however, a useful tool for learning regardless of the clinical outcome.

The GMC  have produced various papers on this which include:

Trainees in all specialties are required to write  reflective pieces, although the frequency and volume varies.  There is no one prescribed format, but trainees are advised to use the one in their specialty e-portfolio suite of forms.

The GMC have one here, for interest,

The following  from the Learning Support Team in the Faculty of Medicine  at Monash University in Australia may also help:

You should discuss with your educational supervisor if you are having problems with reflective practice and they should be able to advise what is required within your training programme and suggest alternative ways to reflect.

Bullying, undermining and harassment

The RCOG, have produced some information on a new Undermining toolkit, to address the challenge of bullying and undermining behaviour within the specialty, including a number of video clips highlighting examples of poor behaviour, and practical advice on how to manage such situations. Whilst the scenarios feature examples from that specialty, they are applicable to trainers and trainees in any specialty.  HETV would like to thank Miss Jo Mountfield,  Fellow of the RCOG, the RCOG Workplace Behaviours Lead for her, and her colleagues’ contributions to this learning resource.

The toolkit can be found by visiting the appropriate page of the RCOG website and the video clips can be found on the RCOG website page on dealing with undermining.  

The RCOG information and disclaimer should be noted on these web pages, and HETV similarly will not  be liable for any special or consequential damages arising from the use or reliance on information contained within the website or the videos. Both trainers and trainees in HETV should consult Trust and HETV policies on bullying and undermining for specific advice on local procedures for reporting these behaviours.

Academy of Medical Royal Colleges

The AoMRC has produced a Charter for Postgraduate Medical Training which may be helpful to trainees at all levels. This is available, both as the full document and a summary, by clicking on the links below:

A Charter for Postgraduate Medical Training: Value of the Doctor in Training (full document) 

A Charter for Postgraduate Medical Training: Value of the Doctor in Training (summary document)


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