Pastoral Care

The Severn Postgraduate Medical Education Trainee Support team aims to help promote trainee well-being and personal development by providing support and assistance in tackling obstacles or key transitions – professional or personal.

We understand how stressful and demanding working as a trainee doctor can be, as well as the effect events in our personal lives can have on us, which is why we feel offering a support service to Severn Postgraduate Medical Education trainees is crucial.

Who we are

Trainee Support is run by a team based at Severn Postgraduate Medical Education and includes:

  • Dr Adam Malin – Associate Dean for Professional Support
  • Lynn Hodgson – Support & Development Manager
  • Allegra Stone – Support & Development Manager
  • Tailte Breffni – Support & Development Manager


What we do

Trainee Support offers trainees the opportunity to sit down with a member of the Trainee Support team in a confidential and supportive setting to discuss any challenges or concerns. From this, a plan of action is developed jointly and support resources agreed.

Trainee Support can provide access to a range of support and development resources which can help to improve trainee well-being which can ultimately impact on the quality of patient care. We will ensure objectivity and confidentiality for trainees by providing an open and supportive service which is outside employing organisations.

Primary Care Workforce Centre website contains tops tips, podcasts, information and links to publications & other resources which are available to provide with support.

Non-urgent advice: heather.samuel@hee.nhs.ukCareers Advice

Within the Gloucestershire Postgraduate Department, Susannah Jenkin ( is the Career Tutor.

Within the Deanery Heather Samuel is the Career Tutor. 01454 252695 / 07833 048899

The requirement of this role is to talk through any aspects of a trainees career by one-to-one sessions to discuss topics like specialty choice, career change, or how to achieve better work/life balance as well as running mock interview scenarios and delivery of career sessions to the Foundation Doctors and Core Trainees.