Tips and advice on managing your training during the pandemic

We asked some trainees for any tips and advice on how to manage training, academic study and wellbeing during this pandemic outbreak.


Ask the experts

We asked some of our trainees for their advice on how they have managed during the pandemic.

Acronyms featured in video

  • IRMER – Ionising Radiation (Medical Exposure) Regulations
  • NPL – National Physical Laboratory

And here's more of what they had to say

  • try and stay connected with your team – don’t isolate yourself
  • keep to your work routine – get up early, be showered and dressed, finish on time
  • power through with professional practice competencies if you are first or second year, a lot of the learning outcomes can be met through self study
  • if you are concerned, contact your Training Officer/ Supervisors/ University Course Organiser sooner rather than later
  • if you have been redeployed, consider how the experience you have gained relates to the broad role and transferable skills of a clinical scientist and consider whether you can link your experience in some way with some of your competencies
  • keep yourself busy with whatever you can, get what competencies you can done (even if it’s just the theory) and read up on things for next year
  • keep regular contact with your TO and/or mentor to keep them updated on your progress and any issues you’re facing
  • looking after mental health is number 1 priority during times like these
  • keep in contact with your cohort of STP trainees, they will most likely be experiencing the same disruption as you
  • if your normal work has decreased take this time to work on Professional Practice competencies
  • the Headspace app is currently free of charge to all NHS staff. It is very useful for taking care of stress and anxiety during this time

How COVID-19 had an effect on my role

Dr Benjamin Johns, a Clinical Microbiologist at Public Health Wales, talks about his role and what effect the recent pandemic had on it.


Last updated on 17th March 2022