Our Duty To You
There may be times during your training when you need to access wellbeing support. As your employer, we can help you during your time of need.
We promote a positive, enabling attitude towards both current and new colleagues-in-training facing wellbeing difficulties, striving to ensure that you feel safe when sharing your concerns with us and have access to advice and counselling as early as possible.
- Employee Wellbeing Self-Referral
It is incredibly important that you make time for your own wellbeing and mental health to support both your work and life balance.
During your training you may feel the need to make a self-referral through to our Health, Work and Wellbeing department.
Our Trainee Wellbeing Referral system allows you to make a self-referral within minutes to our Wellbeing Team, who will then action your request with specialised care and support. You can do this by clicking on the link below.
For further support on this process, please take a look at the guidance below that highlights the difference between a self-referral request and a management referral request and what this means for you as a trainee.
- Practitioner Health Programme
Practitioner Health is a free, confidential NHS service for doctors and dentists across England who are experiencing mental health or addiction problems and looking to return to clinical practice. The service can help with issues relating to a mental health concern, including stress, depression or addiction problems, in particular where these might affect work. The service is provided by health professionals specialising in mental health support to doctors and is available in various locations across England.
The Employee Assistance Programme can be accessed via:
VITA Health Group or via phone on: 0300 131 2067
Access Code: STHKWELL
For GP trainees there is also a national NHS Service available called “GP Health Service” GP Health or telephone 0300 0303 300.
- Wellbeing Resources Booklets
We have put together a range of useful links and resources to support your own wellbeing.
Please take a look at our wellbeing booklet or scroll below to find out more.
In addition, please take a look at the following Supporting Our NHS People guide that offers additional wellbeing resources and support that is available to all NHS employees.
- Dyslexia Screening
Do you feel you have traits of dyslexia and would like to take a short test to highlight a potential diagnosis?
Please refer to our Dyslexia section in Supporting Disability in the Workplace.
If you would like to access further support and information, you can visit the British Dyslexia Association, the NHS' website on Dyslexia and the Dyslexia Association. They contain specific information and guidance tailored for dyslexia.
- Financial Wellbeing Support
Financial Wellbeing Guides
We know that this is a difficult time for our NHS people and that financial concerns have consistently been one of the top reasons that colleagues seek external support. Please see some useful guides below to highlight information around financial support:
- Lead Employer guide to financial wellbeing
- St Helens and Knowsley Wellbeing team's useful guide.
- NHS North West Wellbeing team's useful guide.
The team shares handy tips on how to make your money go further alongside links and resources to additional support. There's also a reminder on those all-important NHS offers and discounts that you have access to as an NHS colleague.
Energy Price Rises
As energy prices continue to rise and more increases are planned throughout the rest of the year, it is important to be aware of the latest information and guidance available including any support that you may be entitled to. Please use the links below to find out the latest information:
Guidance from Martin Lewis's Money Saving Expert website: Gas, Electric & Water Guides - MoneySavingExpert
- Carer Support
If you care for another person, it can feel difficult to take time to look after yourself. Access stories of peoples experiences on caring for someone else, find support for your own personal mental health and additional resources by visiting the Mind website.
- HEE Mental Health Toolkit
Written by Dr Matthew Palethorpe - Core Anaesthetics trainee and endorsed by both Health Education England and ourselves at Lead Employer, we would like to share a toolkit that aims to support trainee colleagues during long term sick leave with mental health illness.
Helping you to gain the most amount of help and support during an extremely difficult time, the toolkit provides advice on areas such as occupational health, practitioner health, counselling and
It also explores areas such as return to work planning, keep in-touch days and less than full time training.
You can find read the toolkit in full here.
- National Self-Check Tool
The National People Team has launched a self-check tool to support staff health and wellbeing.
It's important to ensure health and colleagues are looking after themselves and receive timely support should they need it. This in turn can help to support patient care and prevent staff sickness. The free and confidential self-check tool can provide you with further information on the range of support offers that are available and help you identify which option is the right one for you to access.
Benefits to the self-check tool include:
- The tool is free and confidential, and can be used by all health and social care staff to assess their mental wellbeing.
- Users have the option to share their answers with their local hub if they wish to directly self-refer through the tool, however this will only be done with the users explicit consent.
- Users can also complete the tool anonymously and decide not to share their answers with anyone.
- The tool promotes mental health awareness and self-care, as well as providing a direct way to get in contact with your local mental health and wellbeing hub if needed.
Please click here to visit the self-check tool.
External Support and Resources
Employee Assistance Programme
Our Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) is a staff advice, information & counselling service that covers a range of areas including; Legal, financial, family, stress and work. Call 0300 131 2067 (24 hours a day, 7 days a week)
Access code: STHKWELL
Practitioner Health Programme
The Practitioner Health Programme (PHP) is a free, confidential NHS service which specialises in supporting those experiencing mental health and addiction problems and looking to return to clinical practice. Visit NHS Practitioner Health today.
If you are looking for support during financial hardship or are seeking advice, then please visit the following services who provide support in times of financial need:
You can also call Money Advice Helpline on 0800 4480 826
Join a vast network of qualified psychological practitioners offering free and confidential psychological support services for people working in the NHS and frontline services within the UK.
For more information, visit Fronline-19
Doctors Support Groups
Both Doc Health and Doctors Support Group are in place to support doctors who need it.
A confidential, non-profit, psychotherapeutic consultation service for all doctors.
The Doctors Support Group (DSG) aims to assist doctors and dentists who need jelp when coping with enormous stresses and difficulties.
There are a number of free Wellbeing Apps available
for all NHS staff to access, including:
#StayAlive, which helps you to stay safe during a crisis and
Unmind, which empowers you to proactively improve your Wellbeing.
For the most up to date list of free apps for NHS colleagues, visit NHS Practitioner Health
Alcohol and Substance Misuse
For medical professionals seeking advice on issues relating to alcohol or substance misuse, please find support from the below organisations:
The Good Grief Trust is in place to support those who have been affected by a sudden bereavement.
If you are in need of support, advice and/or guidance please contact the Good Grief Trust:
Call: 0800 2600 400
Visit: Good Grief Trust website