A college Tutor’s letter to trainees

Training in the context of COVID-19

Dear Team

In these unprecedented and uncertain times I thought I would write to you as College Tutor to offer a bit of reassurance with regards to your training and the impact of the covid-19 scenario. Obviously there will be an impact on exams, START assessments, training courses etc but I can tell you that there is considerable thought going on behind the scenes at the LSP and RCPCH to find work arounds that make sure you won’t be disadvantaged by the inevitable delays in these events and I am sure you will hear formally regarding this.

I would strongly encourage you all to use this time to polish and perfect your Eportfolios to ensure that they show-case and evidence your competencies. This will help endorse decision making about progression if there is, for example, a delay in your exam results. There are many opportunities for learning too as a result of the pandemic as well as our normal unit work.

We will endeavour to be as flexible with the rotas as possible in these extraordinary circumstances. Any swaps for study leave purposes you have made so far I have left in situ, but I would for the time being expect you to attend for an admin shift if your study leave activity has been cancelled. I am considering workforce measures to minimise peak hour travelling etc and hope that we can support each other as a clinical team to protect our patients and colleagues throughout the many challenges ahead. If you have concerns or suggestions please do come and talk to me or any of the consultants. Your annual leave is currently unaffected in this trust. I will keep you updated!

I’m sure I speak on behalf of all the consultants when I say we are here to support you and appreciate your very professional response as a team so far.

With very best wishes


Dr Caroline May

Consultant in Neonatal Medicine & College Tutor

Barts Health NHS Trust

The Royal London Hospital