Our scheme in NI has traditionally delivered great results and happy trainees. GP training is a short packed three year programme and there are a few hurdles along the way.
However, we know that everyone goes through difficulties from time to time and we have supported many trainees over the years. This may be due to personal circumstances, examination results, workplace issues or health problems. Our experience suggests that so many simple things can be resolved quickly if we know sooner rather than later!
This year we are introducing the Trainee Assist Pathway. It really just illustrates what we do already, and allows you to access our pathway if you feel you may benefit. You can ask to be included on the Trainee Assist Pathway. Your educational or clinical supervisor may also refer you to us. Also, if you are new to Northern Ireland, or unfamiliar with the NHS, it may help us give you the best support.
In the first instance, there is support from your Educational Supervisor and Programme Director. They are there to help and assist you at any stage during your programme. Many local and personal issues can be resolved with their help.
You can ask to be included on the Trainee Assist Pathway. You will meet with one of the Associate Directors at NIMDTA. We can discuss the problem, come up with a plan, and then review things and see if they are resolved. We can also liaise with the Professional Support Unit for their resources and expertise.
Your educational or clinical supervisor may also refer you to us. Also, if you are new to Northern Ireland, or unfamiliar with the NHS, it may be helpful.
To access the pathway, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Academy of Royal Colleges has developed a page with some useful links to provide support to doctors http://www.aomrc.org.uk/suppotfordoctors