Learner Support.

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There are several sources of support for trainees in difficulty. Health Education England working across Yorkshire and the Humber funds local counselling services for both Doctors and Dentists alike - full details are available below. Alternatively there are many external resources available and can be accessed via the links below.


Counselling Service: South Yorkshire

Workplace Wellbeing is a professional counselling and consultancy service to help doctors in difficulty deal with personal or work-related stress and psychological trauma relating to work roles. The service aims to help doctors improve psychological health and stay psychologically healthy. One-to-one counselling is provided on a confidential self-referral basis. The counselling is short-term.

This service is also funded directly by Health Education England working across Yorkshire and the Humber and is available to trainees in Yorkshire and the Humber.

Please telephone:  0114 226 1810
Email:  workplace.wellbeing@shsc.nhs.uk 
website: https://www.shsc.nhs.uk/working-us/workplace-wellbeing

Or at:

Workplace Wellbeing
30 Wilkinson Street
Sheffield  S10 2GB

Opening hours:

8.15 am to 7.15 pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays
8.45 am to 5 pm for the rest of the week


For more details of these services, please contact either service.

Counselling Service: N, W & E Yorks and N Lincs

Take Time


Given the current Public Health England situation and Government COVID-19 recommendations, Take Time is now able to offer appointments either face to face, by telephone or by an online video platform. It is important to note that the time from the point of self-referral to contact by a clinician may also be increased.  However we will endeavour to get in touch with you in the first instance to discuss following self-referral. Please do check your junk/spam folders on your email account before contacting the service and to ensure you do not miss your appointment.

​As per our usual advice, if you feel you need urgent mental health support please contact your GP or Crisis team as necessary.

Medical work is inherently stressful and you may find you need help with work-related and/or personal difficulties which can often cause anxiety, stress, depression and unhappiness.

Take Time is a confidential service specifically for junior doctors and dentists within Health Education England working across Yorkshire and the Humber (HEE YH).

The service offers 2 assessment sessions initially, with the option of subsequent  time limited sessions.  For people who live far from Leeds we may be able to offer telephone consultations after the initial assessment.

The service is funded by HEE YH, and provided by a collaboration between the University of Leeds Student Counselling Service and The Psychological Therapy Service, Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.

Take Time appointments are currently only taking place face to face at St Mary’s House as the office at the University of Leeds is currently closed due to the COVID pandemic.

Dr V Luthra 

Department of Psychotherapy

St Mary's House, South Wing

St Mary's Road



Dr A Menon & Ms Madeleine Robinson

Student Counselling & Wellbeing Service

University of Leeds

19-21 Clarendon Place




If you would like to book an appointment with the Take Time team, please complete our self-referral form.

Please click on the following link to view the Take Time Privacy Notice.  

Please also note that counselling services are available to all trainees in Yorkshire and the Humber via the Workplace Wellbeing service based in the South, more information is available below under the Counselling Service: South Yorkshire tab.

Email:  taketime@leeds.ac.uk

In the case of an emergency or crisis, please contact:

·         Your GP

·         Crisis Team through SPA 0300 300 1485

·         Dial House 0113 260 9328 or text on 07922 249452

·         Connect Helpline 0800 800 1212 ( Open 365 days from 6pm-2am )

·         Nightline: 0113 380 1381

  • The Samaritans: Freephone 116 123
  • Text SHOUT to 85258
  • Or go to the Accident & Emergency department of your local hospital.
External Sources of Information


And for specific groups:

  • NHS England Service - specific support for trainees in General Practice.
  • Overseas Doctors Community Site - a very useful site with a wide range of advice. However, the jokes section contains material that may be considered offensive - as per our disclaimer below, the Deanery in no way endorse this material.
  • HOPE for disabled doctors - support and advice for disabled individuals and their employers / professional bodies.
Overseas Doctors

Health Education England working across Yorkshire and the Humber aims to provide excellent training for doctors from overseas who wish to further their professional development, and who, in the process, make a valuable contribution to the National Health Service.

A brief guide to employment opportunities as a doctor in the UK

  1. All posts are appointed to in open competition. This means that they are advertised and must be applied for by following the given instructions. Most posts are advertised via the NHS Jobs websitehttp://www.jobs.nhs.uk and in the British Medical Journal Careershttp://careers.bmj.com/careers
  2. Each post will have a person specification indicating who is eligible to apply.
  3. Information on registration with the General Medical Council is available at http://www.gmc-uk.org/doctors/index.asp
  4. Information on visa / entry requirements for the UK are available onhttp://www.bia.homeoffice.gov.uk

MTI Guidance

The Medical Training Initiative allows some International Medical Graduates (IMG) to experience training in the UK for up to 2 years.  After that time the IMG returns to their country of origin.  The posts need approval but are not funded by Health Education England working across Yorkshire and the Humber.

Further details can be found in the below associated documents.

And associated links:

We have developed a page for our international doctors full of useful information to help them settle into the region, click here to visit the sociual integration page.