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Welcome to the Derriford page

The Derriford PGMC has a brilliant website you can access here. Important bits and some extras are highlighted below!


URgent Help

- Tell someone you trust how you are feeling
Samaritans (Call 116 123)
BMA Wellbeing (Call 0330 123 1245) - open to non members
Practitioner Health (text ‘PHP’ to 85258)
NHS confidential staff support line - (Call 0300 131 7000)
- Contact your GP



Happy to be a listening ear of support, help with problems and signpost to other services. 

Find us at one of our workshops, stop us in the corridors or drop us an email.

Click here to see a list of current WARD reps and their bios

Email us at



The PGMC Team are a useful point of contact if you are struggling and want to talk or want further advice. 


They've got an amazing website Wellbeing | PGMEPlymouth


The door is always open - pop in or email

The Team:

Kerry Dungay - for all training grades, Physician Associates and Trust Grade Doctors

Sue Coleman - For IMT and above

Kate Talmage – For Foundation trainees

Caitlin Taylor - For Physician Associates, Trust Grade Doctors and International Medical Graduates

Also our DME – Tim Hookway and Deputy DME – Cath Ward.


Junior Doctor Forum

To highlight work-related issues or problems with training or rotations within the hospital for example.


The junior doctors forum want to hear what’s happening and actively work towards change and improvement.

Email any queries to


Occupational Health

Their role is to minimise work-related ill-health and to maximise good general health in the workplace. They act as professional advisers to both employees and managers. Their team consists of specialist doctors, nurses and counsellors, who are here to offer professional, confidential and impartial advice about your health, safety and wellbeing.

You can self-refer, or be referred by the PGMC team.  The latter can be helpful as this will mean they can work with you to support you with any suggested packages of care. 

It's also worth noting that there is a Wednesday morning drop-in session should you wish to pop along. 

Freda Allen – Head of Occupational Health and Well-being .

Check StaffNet for more info as well


The Guardians

Guardian of Safe working practice – Steve Boumphrey.


The Guardian is responsible for championing safe working and protecting the safe guards outlined in the 2016 contract for junior doctors and dentists.  The Guardian will ensure that issues of compliance with safe working hours are addressed and provide assurance to the trust board that doctors and dentists working hours are safe.

Freedom to speak up guardians – Pippa Jephcott and Catherine Lemsalu .


The Guardians, whilst remaining independant , work alongside the senior leadership team to support a more open and transparent place to work, where all colleagues are actively encouraged and enabled to speak up safely.


Staff Networks

There are a host of really amazing staff networks. If you want to find out more, use this link:


Staff Networks (

or email:

Some key names: 

BAME – Kyeiyanne James and Rez Rogers.

FAB (Faiths and Beliefs) –

LGBT+ - Martin Jared-Davis and Elliot Atkinson.

DAWN (Disability and Wellbeing Network) – Steven Keith, Sarah Jackson, Jane-Marie Harvey.

Women’s – Kerry and Camilla Redding



For access to a 24 hour helpline, face to face counselling or CBT workbooks you can contact Vivup.  Key issues  you might want to contact them about include:


  • Panic

  • Depression

  • Anger difficulties

  • Obsessions

  • Relationship difficulties

  • Work related issues

  • Bullying

  • Work / life balance

  • Trauma / Crisis Support

More info can be found here



Help and advice is available via self referral to PSW.

Professional Support and Wellbeing (South West) - Peninsula (

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