SuppoRTT During Covid-19

NHSE Thames Valley is continuing to support postgraduate Doctors who are either returning to work or continuing to shield during the Covid-19 pandemic. We advise postgraduate Doctors to continue to plan their return and discuss returning to work with their Educational Supervisor (or TPD/Clinical Supervisor/College Tutor). The SuppoRTT team are available via email to answer any queries postgraduate Doctors or educators may have during this time.

Information about shielding and activities to support postgraduate Doctors and information for educators can be found below. We recommend all postgraduate Doctors and educators read the Thames Valley SuppoRTT for shielding trainees guidance. The SuppoRTT team are also available via email to answer any queries postgraduate Doctors or educators may have during this time.

Guidance and resources

Shielding flowchart for trainees and educators

Shielding guidance and checklist for educators

Suggested activities for trainees while shielding

Resources for shielding trainees

SuppoRTT: Advice for shielding trainees

A series of knowledge refresher webinars have been recorded specifically for returners.


The national shielding trainee advisory group (S-STAG) have run a series of webinars to provide guidance and support to trainees and educators. The recordings are now available to view.

Session 1: SuppoRTT for shielding trainees

Session 2: Returning from shielding – the impact, adjustment and moving forward

Webinar held on 15th January 2021 – SuppoRTT – Knowledge Refresher – COVID-19:

Support for Educational and Clinical Supervisors

The Supervision of COVID-19 Displaced or Shielding postgraduate Doctors programme is now live.

This programme was developed for the educational supervisors of displaced or shielding doctors in training. However, supervisors and educators of postgraduate Doctors in training in other settings may also find it useful.

The e-learning content was developed in collaboration with displaced postgraduate Doctors in training who share their experiences of being displaced and demonstrates how they can be supported to progress in their training.

The e-learning programme can be accessed via the eLearning for Health website.


We recommend that you discuss the work you will be undertaking whilst shielding with your Educational Supervisor and clinical department. If you have any questions about shielding and the support HEE Thames Valley provide, please email