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Scotland Deanery

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Trainee Information

Professional Support

The Scotland Deanery can provide you with support, advice and guidance at any point in your training.

You may find that you experience difficulties in progressing through your training for a variety of reasons, e.g. health problems, workplace difficulties, problems in your personal life, doubts about your career choice.

There are a number of options for you to consider if you need support.

In the first instance, please discuss any concerns with your educational supervisor or training programme director. They will be able to advise you and provide you with direct support in your training environment; and they can refer you to individuals within your local deanery team / health board if required.

Your local deanery team includes Associate Postgraduate Deans (APGDs) for specialty, performance support, careers and LTFT. These are working consultants / GPs who also have an educational role linked to the deanery. Please click here for the Deanery Performance Support.

Your health board also employs a Director of Medical Education (DME) and supporting team who it may be appropriate to contact in relation to employment/training issues.  DME contacts available here.

If you do not feel able to raise your concerns with your educational supervisor or training programme director, please contact your local deanery administrator and they can put you in contact with the relevant APGD. Or, please contact us through the website.

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Support Options and Information

Careers Advice

Less Than Full Time Training

Reasonable Adjustments for Disabled Trainees

Thriving in Medicine (Resilience)

Performance Support Unit

Report a Concern [via online form]

External Resources and Support

Advice for trainee doctors in relation to using social media [leaflet prepared by NHS Ayrshire & Arran].

PSU Meeting Guidance


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