Advice for Trainees

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Training as a specialist can be challenging

We know that training as a specialist can be very challenging, and there is evidence to suggest that Trainees sometimes struggle in Basic Specialist Training.

The top stressors in Basic Specialist Training are known to be:

  • A heavy workload involving
    • Exams
    • Academic responsibilities 
    • Audit
    • Research
    • On-call
    • Balancing service provision with your training needs. For example, difficulty asking for time off
    • Maintaining a healthy work/life balance, maintaining relationships
    • Moving hospitals and home due to rotations
  • Financial difficulties
  • An uncertain future in the Irish healthcare system
  • Shortage of NCHDs in the hospital, and the impact on other NCHDs
  • Long working hours and lack of sleep

BST Survival Guide

Download our BST survival guide (which contains tips from RCPI Trainees in their own words!) and remember – we are here to help

Confidential Feedback Line for RCPI Trainees

We have a confidential feedback line so that Trainees can report issues of concern relating to training, for example training programme violations, concerns relating to their curriculum, or concerns about the quality of supervision, training or clinical experience at their training site.

To report an issue call 01 863 9660. The feedback line is manned by trained professionals who are not RCPI employees and is available 8.00am – 8.00pm, seven days a week.

If you make a call, you will be asked for your name, email address and training programme details. You will also be asked to outline your concerns. All calls will be handled in a confidential manner.

This is a feedback line, not a helpline. If you are distressed or in need of counselling, please see the list of support/counselling services for doctors available here.

If you need information about training or would like clarification on a policy relating to training, you should contact your training programme coordinator.

Look after your wellbeing with RCPI

As part of our Physician Wellbeing programme, we offer a range of courses and workshops, specially tailored for doctors, to help you manage stress and workplace challenges.

Contact Us

RCPI Physician Wellbeing Programme

Tel: +353 1 863 9700

Through our Physician Wellbeing programme we are providing support, training and information to doctors at all stages of their careers.