Here's 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.