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Support Services

This page was last updated: June 23rd, 2021

The Postgraduate Team are aware that sometimes trainees may experience some difficulties with personal issues, career planning, health problems, stress or difficulties with colleagues & occasionally concerns about other colleagues.

Please remember that you do not have to deal with problems on your own. Peninsula Postgraduate Medical Education (PPME) and ourselves provide a number of services to help. We are also only too happy to provide a listening ear and appropriate direction when needed, so please contact any of the postgraduate team.

Director of Medical Education

Dr Chris Williams

F1 Programme Director

Dr Kathryn Eccleston

F2 Programme Director

Mr Tom Smith Walker

Clinical Tutor

Dr Carolyn Campbell

Careers Advice

At RCHT we have a number of clinicians who will be very happy to give careers advice in their specialty – please ask the Postgraduate Team for details.

PPME has a comprehensive careers service. A number of events are run throughout the year giving advice on Foundation and Specialty Training. Details can be found in the careers section of the PPME website: The website provides a wide range of information on Specialty Training.

The careers team run “Windmills” courses on career planning for Foundation doctors. They can also provide personal advice by e-mail ( and arrange personal meetings to support your individual needs.


The PPME provides a confidential mentoring programme for doctors in training as an independent source of support outside of the assessment process. For more information see the PPME website or contact Lisa Baxter on or 07779 053948.


The PPME provides a coaching service to facilitate development and improve the performance of its trainees. Referrals can be made by the trainee or by their educational or clinical supervisor. Appointments to see Lesley Seward can be made via or 01752 676147.


Hammet Street Consultants provide a freely-available, independent short-term service for all doctors in training in the South West Peninsula. Counselling is a simple but effective way of dealing with issues, stresses and pressures of life. Having the opportunity to talk things through, with someone independent, may help us to cope with the work/life balance that we all strive for.

Anyone can self refer and the service is completely confidential. For further details contact or call 07918 170528.

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