How it Works
We ask Buddies and FY1s to sign up using our forms so that we can try and pair people together - ideally working in the same hospital or nearby so you can meet face to face. We ask a number of questions about specific issues and specialty etc to try and best match people.
Sadly, this isn't always possible, we don't always get buddies and FY1s signing up in the same areas. If so we may need to pair people more remotely that you could contact by phone email/skype etc.
We ask that every pair that are geographically near each other to start with at least one face to face meeting, and every pair that are geographically far to start with a FaceTime/Skype/Facebook messenger video call, to help get to know each other. We would also like pairs to share mobile numbers to allow better communication. Please only sign up if you would be willing to do all of this.
Who are we?
Currently, the FY1 Buddy Network is co-ordinated by Dr Lailah Peel Clinical Fellow in A&E in the West of Scotland, Dr Natalia Pawlowska - specialty trainee in histopathology, in the Midlands, Dr Rosanna Bevan - CT2 psychiatry, London, with IT support from David Peel. We are all volunteers. Although we’re not affiliated to the NHS, foundation schools or any other official organisation, the work of our network has been endorsed and encouraged by various foundation school directors and staff within Health Education England.
You can contact any one of us via firstname.lastname@example.org
Where we Started
Following a discussion on the peer support Facebook group Tea & Empathy in 2017, we decided to set up a scheme to provide 1-1 peer support to FY1 doctors.
The first year of being a doctor can be a real struggle for many reasons, and there are plenty of doctors willing to help, provide a listening ear, reassurance, debrief, drink tea together, whatever needed.
So we created a kind of Buddy system... the pilot year in 2017 worked well for some FY1s, less well for others. So we made some tweaks and expanded in 2018 - again with mostly positive feedback.
And now we're ready for the 2019 intake we've launched our website, and have worked to automate some of the matching process so we can expand to try and support even more FY1s across the UK.
Please remember this is all run by a few junior doctors wanting to help. We have our own work commitments, and run this in our own time. There may be hiccups with the technology or some minor delays in getting back to you. Please bear with us.
If you'd like to be a buddy to an FY1 starting in August 2019, please complete this form to be allocated a FY1.
We would like to try to pair you with someone working at your hospital, or nearby (e.g. if you're a GP, an F1 in the same area as you), so you can meet face to face. This isn't always possible, if we don't have any buddies in an area where there's an F1 wanting a buddy. If so, we may need to pair you with a FY1 somewhere else that you could contact by phone/email/skype etc.
This year, we are asking every pair that are geographically near each other to start with at least one face to face meeting, and every pair that are geographically far to start with a FaceTime/skype/facebook messenger video call, to get to know each other initially. We would also like you to share your mobile number with your FY1. Please only sign up if you would be willing to do all of this.
Want to support our work?
This project is run by a small group of junior doctors alongside our own regular work in our free time. We therefore rely on donations in order to support our financial costs to make this happen. If you're able to, please consider a small donation to keep us going and supporting more FY1s.