Differential Attainment (DA) Resources for Doctors in Training



Differential Attainment Trainee Stories
Differential Attainment Good Practice

This resource aims to support doctors to effectively and efficiently deliver patient care.  The focus is on ensuring that departmental morale is met whilst maintaining robust working practices. ​

These good practice videos aim to encourage doctors in training  to ask for help if required, to build their self-confidence, and for them to know (as well as their Educational and Clinical Supervisors), that there are support services readily available.

The following videos feature interviews with GP Educational Supervisors who have supervised GPs who have trained abroad as well as UK returners, as part of the Induction and Refresher (I&R) Scheme. However, whilst the focus is on GPs, the educational strategies discussed here could be applied to any trainee. The video contributors include:​

Dr Rupal Shah; Dr Rofique Ali. Bethnal Green Health Centre; Dr Ogechukwu Ilozue, Brunswick Park Medical Centre; Dr Cyril Evbuomwan, Church End Medical Centre and Dr Salma Ahmed, Jubilee Street Practice 

Capturing good practice – In discussion with GP trainee Dr Smart Onukaogu [16mins24s]

Capturing good practice – In discussion with GP trainee Dr Rob Gardiner [14mins22s]

HEE Alice International Doctors case study

Junior Trust Grade Foundation Program at the Royal Surrey Hospital

Differential Attainment Workshops

The professional support unit offers several workshops which aim to address issues of Differential Attainment. These are stand-alone sessions, and the current offer is listed below (please press each link for further information). However, please note that new workshops and short courses are added throughout the year.

DA Courses page

PSU Workshops and Courses

Identity and Inclusion

Understanding Dsyleixia: a workshop for dsylexic trainees

Developing your English for clinical practise

Exam preparation

A peer support group for International Medical graduates

Supporting Neurodiversity

V-Space SuppoRTT Coaching and Support programme

Individual session - Specialist communication skills and linguistic support (SCCLS)

Specialist Clinical Communication & Linguistic Services

Supporting Neurodiversity

The term ‘neurodiversity’ refers to differences in the human brain relating to emotions, learning, mood, attention and development, representing our cognitive variability and the different ways we process the world. While we all have diverse and different brains, neurodiversity also encompasses the expected 15-20 per cent of people with conditions such as an autism spectrum condition, ADHD, attention deficit disorder (ADD), dyslexia, dyscalculia, developmental language disorder, dyspraxia and social anxiety disorders.​

Mandy Ogle 25/3/2022. Article in People Management​

“…One definition of neurodiversity in relation to inclusion is a world where neurological differences are as recognised and as respected as other human variations….neurological differences can bring many strengths, whether that is in terms of being able to think in three dimensions, long-term memory and recall, being able to grasp concepts very quickly and genuinely see “the big picture” in a way that others may not, or conversely, having an eye for detail and the ability to spot patterns and trends. These are all skills and traits which are an asset to any business.”​

Sources: The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development;

Supporting Neurodiversity


SuppoRTT - Supported Return to Training

Returning to training after a period of absence can be a daunting and difficult time for Postgraduate doctors (PDs).​​

PDs take time out of program for many reasons, such as out-of-program research and experience, parental leave, health issues, career breaks, or short-term suspension while under investigation. Time out of clinical practice can impact on a clinician’s confidence and skills.​​

The London & Kent, Surrey and Sussex SuppoRTT)program aims to support all PDs to safely and confidently return to training after a sustained period of absence. The program applies to all PDs absent for 3 months or more, regardless of the reason. Those absent for a shorter period may also opt in. Existing Return to work online resources can be found here.

SuppoRTT - Supported Return to Training

London, Kent, Surrey and Sussex DA Resources 2nd edition

Building on the DA Toolkit,  and with funding from KSS, further resources were produced by experts in their respective fields, to assist educators when supporting the learning needs of postgraduate medical trainees. These resources highlight the importance of recognising the individuality of trainees, that they are not a homogenous group whereby one can predict how they will behave. Therefore, we encourage educators to be mindful of any assumptions, stereotypical views and  unconscious biases they might hold whilst supervising trainees.​

These modules aim to support the creation of a working environment where trainees from all backgrounds will have a good training experience, and where Trusts and Practices are viewed as the best place to train and work.