Professional Support Unit


The Professional Support Unit (PSU) provides a holistic and collaborative approach in addressing concerns raised whilst ensuring that patient safety, the safety of the referred trainee and others is not compromised. The PSU supports trainees, trainers and other healthcare professionals throughout this process with the aim of ensuring that each referred trainee receives the required support and development in order to enable them to complete training and effectively contribute to delivering the highest possible quality of care to patients and the public, now and in the future.

Anyone involved with a trainees educational programme can refer a trainee to the PSU, by completing the PSU Referral Form (Appendix A), and are encouraged to make the referral in a timely manner in order for the appropriate interventions to be put in place before the trainee’s anticipated end of training date. All referrals should be discussed with the trainee.


ADDITIONAL PSYCHOLOGICAL SUPPORT FOR TRAINEES

Throughout training, Psychological support may be beneficial to trainees. Usually this support should be accessed either through:

 

the trainee’s General Practitioner

or

the trainee’s employer as part of the employer Occupational Health service

 

On occasion, it may not be suitable for support to be accessed through either of these routes.  In these circumstances Health Education England, working across the West Midlands may fund a limited number of Psychological sessions for these trainees.  To request funding for a referral for Psychological support trainees must email psu.wm@hee.nhs.uk and provide the reason(s) for their request. 

 

In addition there are other sources of support and resource available which trainees can access independently.  

 

GENERAL ADVICE

 

BMA Counselling and Doctor Advisor Service

The BMA is the professional association for all doctors in the UK as well as an independent trade union for BMA members.  Members can seek advice and assistance on any non clinical employment related issue

https://www.bma.org.uk/advice/work-life-support/your-wellbeing/bma-counselling-and-doctor-advisor-service  

 

Medical Protection Society (for MPS members only)

The Medical Protection society is the leading provider of comprehensive professional indemnity and expert advice to doctors, dentists and health professionals around the world.

https://www.medicalprotection.org/uk

 

Medical Defence Union (for MDU members only)

For MDU members, the union provides expert help and advice on medico-legal and ethical matters including handling complaints, claims and GMC cases.  It is staffed by a team of medico-legal advisors.

https://www.themdu.com/

 

Samaritans

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.

http://www.samaritans.org/how-we-can-help-you       

Tel: 08457 90 90 90

 

Citizens Advice Bureau

Citizens Advice Bureau give free, confidential, impartial and independent advice on a limitless range of subjects, including debt, benefits, housing, legal matters, employment, immigration and consumer issues.  Bureau are open to everyone regardless of race, gender, sexuality and disability.

www.citizensadvice.org.uk / www.adviceguide.org.uk

 

HEALTH ADVICE

 

Doctors’ Support Network

The Doctors' Support Network (DSN) is a fully confidential, friendly peer support group for doctors and medical students with mental health concerns including stress, burnout, anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, psychoses and eating disorders.  

www.dsn.org.uk

 

Sick Doctors Trust

Provision of early intervention and treatment for doctors suffering from addiction to alcohol or other drugs.

www.sick-doctors-trust.co.uk

 

Mind

Provides advice and support to empower anyone experiencing mental health problems

http://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/

 

Medical Council on Alcohol

The MCA is an organisation of registered medical practitioners with a view to understanding of alcoholism and its prevention and the treatment and after-care of alcoholics.

http://www.m-c-a.org.uk/Home/home              

 

Alcoholics Anonymous

Alcoholic Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism.

http://www.alcoholics-anonymous.org.uk/

 

Addaction

Addaction is a major national drug and alcohol treatment charity in the United Kingdom.

www.addaction.org.uk

 

Narcotics Anonymous

Narcotics Anonymous is a non-profit fellowship or society of men and women for whom drugs had become a major problem. They are recovering addicts who meet regularly to help each other stay clean.

https://ukna.org/           

 

Hope 4 Medics

A support group for doctors with disabilities.

http://www.hope4medics.co.uk/support.php

 

Eating Disorder Association

The EDA helplines are for people who wish to talk about eating disorders and to obtain information about help available I their locality.

https://www.b-eat.co.uk/about-eating-disorders

 

Gamblers Anonymous

Gamblers Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who have joined together to do something about their own gambling and to help other compulsive gamblers do the same.

https://www.gamblersanonymous.org.uk/

 

BEREAVEMENT AND RELATIONSHIP ADVICE

 

Cruise

Cruse offers face-to-face, telephone, email and website support and is the leading national charity for bereaved people.  They offer support, advice and information to children, young people and adults when someone dues

http://www.cruse.org.uk/bereavement-services/get-help

 

Relate

Relate is the UK’s largest and most experienced relationship counselling organization helping people to work through their relationship difficulties and reach their own decisions about the best way forward.

https://www.relate.org.uk/

 

DOMESTIC ADVICE

 

Victim Support Line

Victim Support is the national charity which helps people affected by crime. We provide free and confidential support to help you deal with your experience, whether or not you report the crime.

https://www.victimsupport.org.uk/

 

National Domestic Violence Helpline

Run in partnership with Refuge and Women’s Aid, this is a national service for women experiencing domestic violence, their family, friends, colleagues and others calling on their behalf.

http://www.nationaldomesticviolencehelpline.org.uk/

 

Men’s Advice Line

Is a confidential helpline for men  experiencing domestic violence and abuse

http://mensadviceline.org.uk/

 

FINANCIAL ADVICE

 

Royal Medical Benevolent Fund (RMBF)

Depending on individual needs and circumstances, RMBF is able to provide grants, loans, information, advice, clothes parcels and payments to assist with domestic and financial crises or help with childcare and other costs.

www.rmbf.org

 

Royal Medical Foundation

The Royal Medical Foundation, a medical benevolent charity assists UK medical practitioners and their dependents who find themselves in financial hardship.

http://www.royalmedicalfoundation.org/

 

The Cameron Fund

The Fund is a charity for doctors who are, or have been, general practitioners, and for their dependents.  It offers help in times of poverty, hardship, or distress.  The Fund aims to meet the needs of its beneficiaries in the fullest and most practical ways possible.

www.cameronfund.org.uk

 

CAREERS ADVICE

 

Health Careers

Provides information about a career in health, how the health sector is structured and specific information about careers in the NHS, Medicine and Public Health

www.healthcarecareers.nhs.uk

 

Medical Forum

The Medical Forum provides career guidance programme for those who are thinking about a change in career direction.

http://www.medicalforum.com/