COVID-19: information for trainees

This page contains the latest guidance and advice about how COVID-19 may impact trainees. We will update the documents and links on this page when we issue, or are made aware of, any updates.

The College would like to remind trainees that they should consider their clinical competencies and capabilities carefully if they are required to be redeployed by their Trust. They should also ensure that there are appropriate local support systems in place in the case of redeployment. A position statement from the Academy Trainee Doctors' Group is below and further guidance is available on the COVID-19 resources hub.

Health Education England e-Learning for Healthcare (HEE e-LfH) has created a freely accessible COVID-19-related e-learning programme for the UK health and care workforce. The training is free to all and does not require registration or login. 


All current trainees not starting their specialty training in August/September 2021 will remain on their current curriculum until after the spring 2022 ARCPs. Information on the webinars regarding the new curriculum and transitional arrangements can be found on the individual specialty 2021 curriculum pages.

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Training and exams

Health and wellbeing support

  • Wellbeing support services for doctors and medical students

    The BMA carried out a survey of services throughout the UK that support the wellbeing of doctors and medical students. This document outlines the results. The services listed are only available to medics.

    British Medical Association March 2021

  • BMA Mental wellbeing checklist

    The BMA Mental wellbeing charter sets out practical actions employers can take to develop a wellbeing strategy and build a supportive culture. This new checklist has been developed in recognition of the exacerbating effects that the COVID-19 pandemic has had on doctors’ mental health and wellbeing. It is designed to help doctors on the ground by providing them with specific ‘asks’ to help secure improvements and implement. positive change locally

    British Medical Association March 2021

  • COVID-19 - Mental health & wellbeing for healthcare professionals

    The COVID-19 outbreak is having a significant impact on all of us and has affected the way in which we work and live our lives. For many doctors and healthcare professionals this may be a time of increased pressure and stress. It is quite normal to experience feelings of distress in the current situation and it is important to recognise that this is not a reflection on your ability to do your job or to cope. It is important during this time that you take time to prioritise your own mental health and wellbeing, recognising that it is more difficult to provide outstanding care for others when you are not adequately cared for yourself.

    Academy of Medical Royal Colleges March 2020

  • Support for doctors

    Find a range of organisations, services and websites which can offer help and support for doctors.

    Academy of Medical Royal Colleges March 2020

  • COVID fatigue for healthcare workers

    Covid fatigue is taking an enormous toll on healthcare workers. Whatever our situation as healthcare professionals—good pacing, refreshment, and support will be key to surviving the long road ahead.

    Clare Gerada and Caroline Walker May 2020

  • NHS Practitioner Health

    Practitioner Health is a free, confidential NHS service for doctors and dentists across England with mental illness and addiction problems, who are working or looking to return to clinical practice. The service can help with issues relating to a mental health concern, including stress or depression or an addiction problem, 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.

    NHS May 2020

  • Doctors in Distress

    A charity created to raise awareness about the value of medical professionals health and well-being and the need to care for those that care for us.

    Doctors in Distress May 2020


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