Welcome to the Professional Support Unit

(formerly known as the CDU/Career Development Unit)

The PSU is dedicated to helping doctors and dentists across the Thames Valley fulfil their career potential. Our services include personal coaching and mentoring, workshops, and information designed to support career choices and address performance improvement needs. We also provide support and advice to educators, supervisors, responsible officers and employers in the Thames Valley in their work with doctors and dentists, whether in training or not .

One of the PSU team will meet you if you're wondering about your career direction, if you've hit a rough patch, or need help preparing for the next stage. Our support is free to doctors and dentists in training posts or programmes in the Thames Valley Postgraduate Medical and Dental Education (PGMDE - Oxford Deanery) area. Standard fees apply to those not in PGMDE training.

What people have said about the PSU/CDU:

'It was a very professional service and unlike any other guidance I have received throughout my career. It should be widely available...I am sure there are many others who could benefit.'

'I found the CDU to be an invaluable service at a very difficult time in my life. It would be a real mistake to in any way cut back on this important service.'

'My CDU mentor was excellent in many ways and I cannot thank her enough for her time and support. She has also been in regular touch with me to see how I was getting on with my changes etc, which is very nice.'

'Thank you for all your invaluable help with my CV, career development, etc. I have thoroughly enjoyed the sessions and have learnt a great deal.'