The transition from medical student to foundation training can be exciting but also daunting. While we work with our partner trusts to provide support, we also recognise that people often have specific and individual needs.
In addition to the support, you can access in your employing trust from your medical education team and your educational/clinical supervisor, the following external resources are also available:
Professional Support and Wellbeing Service (PSW)
The Professional Development/professional support unit can provide a wealth of support to include wellbeing management, coaching and careers advice.
The KSS PSWS is dedicated to helping Foundation doctors in training across the KSS region to fulfil their career potential. Our case managers and coaches put trainee support and wellbeing at the heart of what they do.
Our services include enhanced exam support, wellbeing support, personal coaching, neurodiversity support and careers coaching.
The PSW tailors its service to the individual, depending on their needs; we recognise that there is no “one size fits all” solution when it comes to the complex world of medical training. Once you have completed your referral form with your education team, we will allocate on of our specialists who will coach you through your challenges, allowing you to continue training with confidence.
How to refer to PSWS:
Please note, due to planned upgrades to our service the referral forms will be unavailable until the week starting 19/02/24. For any urgent enquires please contact us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The referral form should be completed together by the educator and Foundation doctor after a discussion about the reason/s for the referral to PSWS and the support being requested. The form should not be submitted unless both the doctor and educator are in agreement about the referral.
A copy of the form will be sent to both the referrer and Foundation doctor after it has been reviewed by the PSWS team.
We encourage all doctors to discuss any needs with their local education team (Educational supervisor or Foundation Programme Director) and complete the joint educator referral form.
If for any reason a doctor feels they can’t discuss their needs or issues with their education team – please contact the PSWS at email@example.com for a confidential conversation.
As a foundation doctor, you will also have free, confidential access to Practitioner Health, an NHS primary care mental health and addiction service with expertise in treating health professionals.
The GMC have published a useful wellbeing resources page on their website
Free and confidential mental health support can be accessed through the staff mental health and wellbeing hubs
For expert advice and practical tips to help you look after your mental wellbeing, NHS UK every mind matters
NHS careers resources and guidance, health careers
Foundation career planning, resources and guidance,