A supportive message for our doctors and dentists as we progress through the Covid-19 pandemic from East Midlands based psychiatrist and psychotherapist - Dr Penny Campling

We understand that each of you will have had a different experience through the Covid-19 peak and the PSW is here to support you. Dr Penny Campling, an East Midlands based psychiatrist and psychotherapist draws from her experience as she talks to us about 'Getting through' these difficult times and the importance of prioritising our wellbeing. Click on the video (about 20 minutes) or download her podcast (about 35 minutes). If you would like further support then please do contact us.


00:22 Introduction…. Doctors tend not to be good at looking after themselves but there is plenty of help available.

02:29 Negative capability- the capacity to cope with distressing, upsetting or disturbing feelings.

03:30 Shielding

04:59 Working on the front line

06:44 Moral injury – the state of mind when we have to act in a way which violates our moral and ethical code.

12:06 Post traumatic stress disorder

16:46 Ask for help

18:49 The resilience paradox

22:19 Summary


Getting through - listen to the podcast by Dr Penny Campling


Your wellbeing through the Covid-19 pandemic

The PSW has been reviewing how we can help trainees who have may have experienced an adverse Covid-19 related impact on their wellbeing.

We realise that any impact is highly individual and may reflect the very different experiences that all our trainees may have had through the pandemic to date. Wellbeing support provided by our local education providers seems to have been strong through these difficult times but as we return towards the new normal and with many trainees moving to a new training location in August and beyond we wish to ensure that we provide a range of support that suits individuals needs with continuity being provided where needed.

In order to guide the shape of our support, Dr Chris Hewitt, who is an experienced GP and Associate Postgraduate Dean has considered the evidence from previous traumatic events to develop a briefing paper. This, along with discussions with our specialist medical training Occupational Heath physicians, indicates that a tiered approach to support would seem most appropriate and hence we have adjusted our offer of support to reflect this. This may be updated with time.

The PSW is here to support you and should you wish to talk to one of our Case Managers they are always willing to do so in confidence. If you are concerned about the potential impact of the pandemic on your training then you may wish to speak to your educational supervisor or TPD in the first instance.

1 - Immediate support needs:

For those with urgent health needs, we can guide you to rapid access help through the NHS mental health providers across the East Midlands. If you no longer feel able to cope or you are experiencing suicidal thoughts, please contact the following services:

Northamptonshire: https://www.nhft.nhs.uk/mentalhealth-number

Lincolnshire: https://www.lpft.nhs.uk/contact-us/need-help-now

Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland: https://www.leicspart.nhs.uk/contact/urgent-help/

Derbyshire: https://www.derbyshirehealthcareft.nhs.uk/getting-help/help-mental-health-crisis

Nottinghamshire: https://www.nottinghamshirehealthcare.nhs.uk/help-in-a-crisis


The BMA: https://www.bma.org.uk/advice-and-support/covid-19#adapting-to-covid . This contains useful information for doctors including FAQ's, adapting to Covid, PPE use, your health and what the BMA is doing during this pandemic.


2 - Medium support needs:

For those who recognise that the Covid-19 pandemic has adversely affected their wellbeing in some way and are seeking support to understand your situation and assist you in helping to cope then a confidential discussion with our professional counselling, Pro-counselling, may be helpful (Flyer). Please see contact details below for PSW team.

We are working with our colleagues at Pro-counselling to develop useful supportive information and we will add links from this page.


3 – General support needs:

Consider seeing your own GP. The PSW has informed GPs across the East Midlands about the services that we offer.


4 - Career guidance:

In recognition that the recent events might have triggered some thoughts about alternative career pathways. We would encourage you to discuss this with your Educational supervisor and/or Training Programme Director who should be able to assist you but we do have a confidential careers advice service for those who would like to talk matters through and help you to come to a thoughtful and balanced decision.


Additional wellbeing links:

We are aware of the seemingly endless number of web links to organisations offering support in relation to wellbeing. The Doctors Mess has recently been brought to our attention and has NHS support.

We are also maintaining our links to the national HEE webpage, AoMRC, BMA and GMC, all of which regularly update their information on training matters and which also have information on wellbeing. We also have a link to our Supportive Return to Training (SuppoRTT) webpage.


We hope that the above information is helpful to you. Should you wish to talk to us then please contact us as listed below.

The Professional Support & Wellbeing Team are available during usual office hours, not weekends or bank holidays:


Shared Inbox: Psw.em@hee.nhs.uk

PSW Manager:

Laura Abbott: Laura.abbott@hee.nhs.uk (07920708621)

PSW Case Manager:

Fiona Perfect: Fiona.perfect@hee.nhs.uk (07795600616)


Regional Careers Manager:

Sarah Bentley (Careers.em@hee.nhs.uk) (07826908487) (Webpages)

Supported Return to Training (SuppoRTT) Officer:

Lynne Cooke (suppoRTT.em@hee.nhs.uk) (Webpages)


Useful Health Education East Midlands Team Contacts

General Enquiries





0116 312 0620


General Enquiries





0116 312 0670


General Enquiries


Assessments and Revalidation



0116 312 0690


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General Enquiries


Faculty Support



0116 312 0671



NHS Staff Support

Please see further resources for all NHS staff during this difficult time.

Wellbeing Poster - Contains 24/7 support via phone/text