Health Education England

There are 13 regional boards which provide a variety of support for trainees +/- doctors of any grade working in the area (see below)




Professional Support Unit provides careers advice, coaching and mentoring, individual support team and communication skills assistance. Available to London trainee doctors & dentists only. Self-referral only, clinicians contact the service or fill in the online application form.




East of England

Professional Support Unit provides support to doctors & dentists in a training programme. This may include communications skills support, coaching, exam preparation, language support, independent occupational health service, psychiatric assessments and careers advice and support. They also host training workshops for both trainers and trainees. Access is via referral by Clinical/ Educational supervisor or TPD. PSU are happy to take calls if trainees have any concerns they want to discuss

Contact: Rebecca Winchester on or 01223 596953



East Midlands

Professional Support Unit is available to doctors and dentists in training. It no longer accepts self-referrals. Referrals must come through Clinical/ Educational supervisor or TPD. Support will be given in areas of career advice and development, communication skills, occupational health services and coaching. They are hoping to pilot a support service in 2016/2017 that will be available to all doctors and dentists in any career stage, working in the area.

Contact: 0115 8233325 or



Kent, Surrey & Sussex

Have a number of initatives:


North East and North Cumbria

Learner Support & Faculty Development team provides support to doctors & dentists in a training programme. This includes occupational health service, coaching, exam preparation and language support. They also host a wide variety of training workshops for both trainers and trainees. The local office also have a dedicated careers advice and support service. Access to all these services is via referral by TPD.

Further information is available on our website



North West

Offer a careers guidance service to all trainees which can be accessed via their website

They also offer dentists in trouble support. To access this or further information on what sort of support, dentists must contact Deborah Colvin on or 0161 625 7666



West Midlands

Offer a number of initiatives


Yorkshire and the Humber

Offer a number of initiatives

  • Coaching is available to all doctors working in this area (on a paid basis) via the website or email via
  • They offer funded counselling sessions to trainees via TakeTime which is done on a  self-referral basis. Email:
  • They also have a counselling service in South Yorkshire called Workplace Wellbeing which offers funded sessions to any doctor or dentists working across South Yorkshire. Self-referral or 0114 226 1810

South West Peninsula

They have a Professional Support Unit which offers careers advice, occupational health services and additionally the following service

  • They offer a mentoring service to all doctors working in the area 
  • They offer a life coaching service for all trainees. Other non-training doctors can also apply and they may be taken on at the discretion of the life coach. Email via or 01752 676133)
  • There is free independent short-term counselling service for all doctors in training within the South West Peninsula. This service is designed to offer independent support in addition to that provided by the NHS Trusts, PCTs and Clinical Tutors. Contact via 01823 271428 or 07918170528)
  • Post CCT assistance to General Practitioners who have been recognised as requiring some targeted remediation. This may include undertaking educational assessments, developing a Personal Improvement Plan and delivering bespoke remediation.


They have a Trainee Support Unit which offers all trainees the opportunity to sit down with a member of the Trainee Support team in a confidential and supportive setting to discuss any challenges or concerns. From this, a plan of action is developed jointly and support resources agreed. Trainee Support can provide access to a range of support and development resources which can help to improve trainee well-being which can ultimately impact on the quality of patient care.

Contact: Self referral



Thames Valley

They have a Professional Support Unit that can be accessed by all doctors and dentists living or working in the area on a self-referral basis (if they are not a trainee they will have to subside the cost).

Contact: or 01865 785570



They have a careers advice website but this is currently under refurbishment 

They also have a Professional Support Unit which provides support in the following areas to all trainees in the scheme

  • Coaching/ mentoring
  • Psychotherapy Support
  • Dyslexia information
  • Asperger’s information
  • Self-awareness &Insight
  • Occupational health issues
  • Language skills and information
  • Exam Support
  • Cultural Expertise
  • Advanced communication skills