Supporting our trainees
We all know that modern-day life is busy; coupled with the demands of medical training, there can be a lot to cope with. Here in the North East and North Cumbria we have robust systems in place to make sure our trainees
are well supported throughout their career with us.
Trainee support service
Supporting trainees who experience health, behavioural, performance or educational difficulties during their training is something we feel strongly about. We are dedicated . to helping support trainees to remain in practice or return to the workplace. Our trainee support service has been established to provide specialist support for doctors and dentists in training who are experiencing difficulties that are affecting their ability to train. The service is intended to provide information to your employer on how you can be supported to remain or return to the workplace.
Listening to our trainees about their experiences - the good and the bad – is really important to us here in the North East and North Cumbria. It’s an essential part of making sure we know what’s working well and where we need to improve, so our trainees can thrive and be the best doctors they can be.
Our trainee executive forum is just one of the many opportunities for our medical and dental trainees to get involved, share their ideas or raise concerns – as well as influence the shape of training. It’s chaired and run by our doctors and dentists in training. Many of those involved find it rewarding with opportunities to gain experience in leadership and management - as well as the chance to improve the working lives of colleagues in the region.
Support to return to training
Trainees can take 12 months out of training to develop their leadership and management skills as part of our leadership and management fellowship.
The leadership and management fellowship involves developing skills ‘on the job’ through running a project throughout the year, and through formal academic study.
Fellows are sponsored to do a postgraduate certificate (PGCert) with several completing it in clinical leadership at Newcastle University. One fellow also recently continued to work towards a masters’ qualification in medical education.