Since the launch of our new and expanded service in 2020, wellbeing has been at the forefront of our support services. We have sought to build a programme that is flexible to the needs of trainees who are often working challenging rota patterns that make regular attendance difficult.

Wellbeing is a state of mind and body so we are pleased to be able to offer support towards this in the form of rolling programmes of Yoga, Pilates and Mindfulness. These sessions all run virtually and on a drop in basis, though you will need to register in order to receive the link for attendance.

Hatha Yoga & Pilates

Physical Wellbeing – Move your body move your mind

As part of a drive to support the well-being of our trainees, HEETV PSWS are pleased to offer the opportunity for trainee doctors, dentists and pharmacists to attend fully funded virtual Hatha Yoga and Pilates classes. 

Yoga: Monday 18.30 – 19.30pm

Pilates: Thursday 18.00 – 19.00pm

Sessions will run for four weeks from Monday the 7th November 2022 for Hatha Yoga sessions and Thursday the 3rd November 2022 for the Pilates sessions.

To view the promotional flyer, simply download here.

To register for the November wellbeing sessions click here

For any queries please contact us on PSWinfo.tv@hee.nhs.uk


Online Mindfulness Drop-in Sessions

These online sessions will include simple guided mindfulness practices aimed at ways of finding focus and anchor and a sense of well-being in the midst of a busy or stressful life. There will also be opportunity to reflect on the practices together and support for how to bring such practices into our daily lives.

These sessions will run every 2nd & 4th Tuesday of each month 7.30-8.15pm starting Tuesday 9th August 2022. To view the promotional flyer and to register, please click here.

To register to attend these drop-in sessions, please click here.

Session Leaders

Tim Stead trained to teach mindfulness with the Oxford Mindfulness Centre (O.M.C.) which is part of Oxford University’s department of Psychology and has been teaching mindfulness for over 10 years including to Oxford University students.

Susie Stead, who will occasionally lead these sessions, also trained with the O.M.C. and has been teaching mindfulness for 5 years to students, parents and to the general public.

Core Curriculum

Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) is the evidence based core curriculum all these sessions will be rooted in. But the particular practices we shall be exploring will be taken from the book: ‘Mindfulness – a practical guide to finding peace in a frantic world’ by Professor Mark Williams and Dr. Danny Penman.  It is not necessary to read this book but it could be helpful if you would like some background. 

Important: Mindfulness can be very supportive for managing stress, anxiety and depression but if you have a pre-existing clinical mental health issue it is important that you speak to your own medical practitioner before joining these sessions.

8 Week Mindfulness Course

Mindfulness is a meditation-based practice which teaches participants the skills to find a clearer focus and stillness in the midst of a busy life and also to cope creatively with anxiety, stress and depression. This course is suitable for beginners and also for those wishing to deepen their practice.


Tim Stead and Susie Stead both trained to teach the evidence-based ‘Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy’ course with the Oxford Mindfulness Centre (now Oxford Mindfulness Foundation) which is affiliated to the Oxford University department of Psychology. Both have taught mindfulness in different contexts for a number of years.


This course has been developed by the Oxford Mindfulness Centre and is based on the book: “Mindfulness – a practical guide to finding peace in a Frantic World” by Prof. Mark Williams and Dr. Danny Penman.

This particular book and course have been developed specifically for the general public taking its origins from Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) which is evidence based and available on the NHS for those suffering from depression. Mindfulness has also been shown to alleviate symptoms of anxiety, stress and chronic pain and to promote a greater enjoyment of life.

This is an 8 week online course, running on Monday’s and Thursday’s starting the 8th October. You will need to attend either the Monday or the Thursday session each week for the full 8 weeks.

To register to attend this course, please click here.

Wellbeing Resources/ Link

Trainee-curated Wellbeing Resource Hub

The Trainee Professional Support and Wellbeing Resources provides a wide range of resources to help you look after all your wellbeing needs, from physical, mental to career wellbeing. 

These resources are both trainee and locality specific.

The website is regularly updated to include all the new initiatives in Thames Valley.


Being a doctor is inherently challenging and a space to reflect on our experiences is very important. ‘Trainees4trainees’ are trainee led peer support groups, designed by senior trainees who wished we had similar support during our training. The sessions are for everyone, throughout training. In the groups we talk about general experiences in our jobs, and often through talking we all realise that we all feel the same way.

The groups are held regularly and facilitated to provide a safe environment for discussion. These sessions are currently held online.

Usually we try to allocate groups of similar trainees e.g. FY1s/ anaesthetists. If you are a trainee interested in joining, or would like to set up a group for your trainee cohort, or an educator who would like to know more, click here

Academy of Medical Royal Colleges

Academy of Medical Royal Colleges offers a comprehensive list of local and national support resources including wellbeing here