This article reflects the conversations in the breakout group on this topic at the Recently Appointed Consultants symposium on Thursday 5 June 2014.


As an Educational Supervisor recognise that there are people to ask and to turn to who will help support a trainee in difficulty. This is true between and across posts. There should be resources to help share the problem. It is best to identify any issues early on in a trainee’s post. In this way early support can be gained. Ideally a culture of openness should be aimed for in order to provide good support. 


Supporting Trainees with Difficulties | Scotland Deanery (

PowerPoint Presentation (

Breakout group leader: Dr Ken McHardy, Consultant Diabetologist and Associate Postgraduate Dean, Aberdeen & Member of SCOTS Training Faculty

Reviewed January 2017, links updated September 2021