Mersey Buddies Scheme

The aim of the buddy scheme is to pair new anaesthetic trainees with more senior trainees as a point of contact who they can approach for informal advice and support. This could be insight into how anaesthetic training works, the setup of the Mersey deanery, advise about starting on calls, how to use the online portfolio or anything else you can think of! The buddy scheme is currently running at the majority of hospitals in the Mersey Deanery, so if you are a core trainee who wants to be buddied up with someone, or a senior trainee that is keen to volunteer then please send us an email at and we will see what we can do! Have a glance at the following docs for further info:

Guidance for trainees
Guidance for dealing with problems
Escalation policy for trainees in difficulty

Get in touch with Andy Veal at for further info

Wellbeing resources

Lead employer - additional support

AAGBI wellbeing & support

AAGBI mentoring scheme

Wellbeing at Work - Employee Assistance Programmes and counselling services
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Password - insight-healthcare

PHP national resource offering counseling and support
0300 0303 300

Dochealth access to couselling and support
020 7383 6533 

BMA peer support and counseling
0330 123 1245

Royal Medical Benevolent Fund offers financial support and online wellbeing guidance
020 8540 9194

Tea and Empathy Facebook page - peer support group (there are also region and specialty specific groups)

@Mindful_NHS - Twitter feed with free mindfulness resources for NHS workers

NHS self assessment website


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Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) – for men
0800 58 58 58
5pm to midnight every day

Hopeline UK – for people under the age of 35
0800 068 41 41
Monday to Friday 10am to 10pm, weekends 2pm to 10pm, bank holidays 2pm to 5pm

Less Than Full Time (LTFT)