Trainees - Resources and Policies

A variety of resources and links are available below to support trainees from HEIW or have been developed specifically by trainers and trainees from the Welsh School of Anaesthesia, ICM & Pain Medicine

Trainee Support

Educational Supervisor
Your Educational Supervisor is available to assist you with any problems that arise during your training. You should meet your Educational Supervisor within the first two weeks of an attachment and thereafter at least every three months.

College Tutor
Each hospital has a College Tutor who has overall responsibility for the trainees in the department. If you have a problem that cannot be resolved by your Educational Supervisor please speak to your College Tutor. Your College Tutor is the link between your department and the Welsh School of Anaesthesia. If there is a problem that cannot be resolved locally the College Tutor will liaise with the WSA.

Other colleagues and peers
You may feel most comfortable discussing and debriefing with a clinical supervisor, trusted consultant/SAS doctor/senior trainee or a peer. You can also seek further advice from your ES/CT or any of the organisations listed below.

Trainee Reps
There are trainee reps for Stage 1, Stage 2 and Stage 3 and for Less Than Full Time Trainees (LTFT).
See Contact Info page for up to date contact details.

Professional Support Unit

The Professional Support Unit supports all doctors in training whose performance has been affected for any reason and can be contacted for advice and guidance regarding any issues affecting progression through training. You can be referred to the Professional Support Unit by the School or you can request a referral yourself via e-mail: or telephone 03300 584211. They will invite you to a confidential meeting to discuss your situation or any issues raised and offer appropriate support.

The School Leads for Professional Support are:
Core Trainees - Dr Haitem Maghur,
Specialist Trainees - Dr Val Hilton,

Association of Anaesthetist Wellbeing Resources

The Association of Anaesthetists have developed a wealth of resources to maintain wellbeing and offer support to all anaesthetic doctors. Please follow this AoA link for further information.
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Canopi offers a free and confidential mental health support service for social and health care staff in Wales.
They can offer various levels of mental health support including:
Self-help resources
Support from Wellbeing Allies
Guided self-help
Virtual and face-to-face therapies with accredited specialists.
Canopi website

Trainees - Resources and Policies

WSA Study Leave and Lieu Day Guidance for Anaesthetists in Training and Trainers

Please see guidance from the Welsh School of Anaesthesia re: Study Leave and Lieu days.

HEIW All Wales Study Leave Policy also linked below:

Guidance on additional work undertaken whilst working in a postgraduate training programme

COPMED have published guidance detailing the considerations for trainees wishing to undertake additional work/locums whilst in a postgraduate training programme. The guidance refers to both full time and LTFT trainees and is also a useful reference for trainers in educational supervisor roles and in managing rota queries.

Educational supervisors should be encouraged to discuss with the trainee any additional activity as part of their ongoing review of training progression and curriculum requirements prior to ARCP review.

Single Lead Employer Trainee Hub

Guidance, application forms and further information from Single Lead Employer can be found by accessing the following link.
Single Lead Employer Trainee Hub

You will find additional useful trainee resources below:

Handbooks for reference - HEIW, North Wales and EPA 1 and 2 Discussion
Sick Leave Policies
Maternity and Shared Parental Leave Policies
Study Leave Policies

Maternity, Paternity and Shared Parental Leave Policies

Further Useful Information