The Occupational Health Service will only be available to dental trainees (including dental foundation trainees), GP and specialty trainees. Medical Foundation trainees will access Occupational Health Services from their employer. The Occupational Health Service will provide a full pre-employment / placement screening service and operate in conjunction with the sickness absence policy of the Lead Employer Trust (LET). The service will provide the LET and TPD with details of how the doctor in training can be supported to remain or return to their training / work place. The role of the service is to provide short term support to the trainee whilst they access longer term solutions and advise the LET/TPD on reasonable adjustments to the training environment that maybe considered.
Specialist services are available to provide initial support to trainees experiencing difficulties or symptoms of:
- Stress and anxiety
- Emotional exhaustion/burnout
- Relationship problems
- Abusive relationships
- Alcohol dependence
- Eating disorders
- Mental illness
- Other conditions e.g. dyslexia
Access to the specialist services listed above should be limited to 3 sessions to assist the doctor in training while their own GP is arranging any longer term solution. The service will be confidential and detailed information will not be disclosed to the LET or HEE NE contact without the doctor in training's prior consent, unless there is risk to personal and/or patient safety or impact on the successful completion of their training. In this situation notification of the outcome must be made to an agreed source.
A request for an Occupational Health review should be made through the LET as the employer. There is no self-referral process for doctors in training but information on the management of common musculoskeletal conditions, guides for common mental health conditions, control of infection queries or minor ailments is available through the website, email or telephone options listed below:
Telephone (0191) 282 1188 and selecting option 1.
If a doctor in training experiences any potential exposure to blood born viruses through needle stick, bite or scratch injuries this should be reported initially to the host Trust Occupational Health service. They will carry out the appropriate assessment and inform the TSS service of the incidence. The TSS will coordinate the follow up care.
Any GP or dentist who sustains a needlestick injury should contact the TSS service by email Newcastle.firstname.lastname@example.org or phone the advice line (0191) 2821188. Doctors in training who think they may need PEP should attend their local Emergency Department in their host Trust and inform TSS the next day who will provide continued support.