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COVID-19 information and guidance as we receive it

Professional support - FAQs

Professional support - FAQs

    There are many avenues for accessing support and we have put together the following helpful steps:                                                                                                                                                                                  

    • Talk to your Clinical or Educational Supervisor, or a colleague you trust.
    • Speak to your Training Programme Director.
    • Check the website of your current Health Board for specific resources, eg Staff Support services or Employee Counselling.
    • Your GP is your healthcare practitioner so you should contact them if the support you require relates to your health.


    A member of the Professional Support Unit team would be more than happy to speak to you to see how we might be able to support you. You can contact us directly by emailing PSU@nes.scot.nhs.uk

    These are unprecedented times and it is more important than ever that you take care of yourself so that you are best able to take care of others.  Accessing support to maintain your health and wellbeing is crucial. There are a lot of resources out there and we have included links to some below which we hope you may find useful. There are some important messages for you:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  - Stress, and the feelings associated with it, are a normal response in this type of situation – this is not a reflection that you are weak or that you can’t do your job.
    - Try to use strategies that have helped you cope with stressful situations in the past.
    - Give yourself permission to take regular breaks during your shifts.
    - Stay in touch with friends and family – video call and phone them.
    - Eat, drink and sleep as well as you can.
    - Engage in physical activity.
    - Maintain a routine as much as possible.
    - Avoid unhelpful coping strategies such as smoking, alcohol or other drugs.
    - Ask for help if you need support.                                                                                                                                                                                      Further resources can be found on the Professional Support section in the COVID19 pages on the Scotland Deaneery website.  Many health boards also provide services (e.g. Psychological Resilience Hubs)