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Managing Trainees in Difficulty

Identifying and Managing Clinicians and Learners in Difficulty: A Multiprofessional Course
This course is designed to assist supervisors with identifying the clinician in difficulty. Its aim is to explore the challenges of conversations about performance with supervisee’s and use the PDP to manage and support the clinician through transition. The course is suitable for Clinical supervisors and managers, doctors, educational leads, Allied Health Professionals, charge nurses, sisters, ward managers, education and service leads, and medical scientists who have an educational role. Please contact to book your place.

Faculty Development host an e-learning module on managing the trainee in difficulty. The module is open-access, free to use and can be found here.

Supervisors and other healthcare professionals can also consult their local education providers for locally delivered courses and resources.

Performance in Practice DVD
The Performance in Practice DVD was launched in 2010 and is a learning resource targeted at educational and clinical supervisors to provide them with simple principles and guidance on how to manage a trainee in difficulty.  The content of this short interactive, video-based programme includes:
• recognising the trainee in difficulty
• common presentations
• diagnosis
• immediate management

This resource is available to download via Synapse, the communications network for postgraduate medical education in London. Copies of the DVD are made available to all London Trusts. Please contact:

Trainee in Difficulty Framework (2nd Edition)

The Trainee in Difficulty Framework which brings together local and national best practice guidance on the identification and management of trainees in difficulty can be viewed here. It applies equally to trainees in primary and secondary care, foundation and specialty training, medicine and dentistry.

You may also find the resources provided by the Professional Support Unit of relevance if you are being affected by an issue associated with this field.