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ACCS Peer to Peer Support Groups

Course/Event Date: Monday, January 1, 0001

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Course/Event Description

Acute Care Common Stem trainees represent a very important part of the frontline response to COVID-19. We have all been affected by COVID-19 which has presented a significant challenge to trainees for a variety of reasons including redeployment, reduced training opportunities, psychological demand and loss of normal coping mechanisms. As a committee we are looking at ways we can best support ACCS trainees.

We believe that trainees could benefit from an informal opportunity to discuss our experiences of working in acute care during COVID-19. A group of Psychiatry trainees from the Oxford deanery are running a series of online reflective discussion groups to provide a space for doctors to reflect safely and openly on the challenges we have faced over the last few months. The discussions will be driven by the participants based on their reflections and facilitated by Oxford Deanery trainees (either psychiatrists or trainees from other backgrounds with additional training) who are supervised by medical psychotherapists.

Logistically, each group will contain approximately 8 participants and will run for 45 minutes. They will be organised over Zoom and discussions will be focussed around our own personal emotional response (rather than clinical care). Peer support groups are recognised by the GMC as an effective setting for reflective practice and are associated with increased wellbeing, reduced burnout and improved job satisfaction. We are hoping that these groups will allow trainees to adapt and build coping skills for the inherent challenges of working in acute care.

If you are interested in taking part in these virtual support groups, please get in contact via email (Benjamin.stretch@nhs.net) places are limited and will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

Course/Event Venue: Online

This course is targeted at the following specialty Groupings:

  • Anaesthesia - Intensive Care & Emergency Medicine

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