There are lots of useful resources available to all doctors who may be in need of support. This isn't a finite list, but is a list of links to some that we would happily recommend and direct colleagues to.
We will be gradually adding to this, but if there are some others you think should be on this list, please contact us.
GUIDANCE ON MENTORING
Online mentoring training (takes about half an hour)
SOME USEFUL DOCUMENTS FROM US:
FY1 Buddy Network poster
Please share this widely, online and in your local hospitals.
Guide to Buddying
A brief document on how to be a good buddy with helpful hints and tips and resources.
A brief document for FY1s on how to get the most out of having a buddy.
A national, informal, peer-to-peer support network aiming to foster a compassionate and supportive atmosphere throughout the NHS. Useful group to share queries/stories/positivity with other health professionals. Can message admins to post anonymously. Links to regional and more specialist groups from main page/pinned post.
A group for LTFT (or those thinking about) to discuss related topics.
A support network for NHS Staff who experience chronic musculoskeletal problems
(including both general and more specific support)
24/7 access to counselling and also peer support services. Both confidential and free of charge and available to ALL medical students and doctors regardless of BMA membership status.
Other useful BMA resources include:
Wellbeing support directory A directory of services throughout the UK that support the wellbeing of doctors.
First times (advice on coping with situations for the first time as a junior doctor eg coping with death, managing angry patients)
Emotional toll of being a doctor (case studies from doctors about the emotional impact of practising medicine)
Are you concerned about a colleague? A simple guide on what to do if you are concerned about a medical colleague and their state of physical or mental health
A confidential, not for profit, psychotherapeutic consultation service for all doctors.
The Association of LGBT Doctors & Dentists.
Support for Doctors with Disabilities.
A fully confidential, friendly, self-help group for doctors and medical students with mental health concerns.
A recovery group for Doctors & Dentists addicted to alcohol and/or drugs.
Provides early intervention and treatment for doctors suffering from addiction to alcohol or other drugs.
A free, confidential service for doctors and dentists who have mental health concerns and/or addiction problems, in particular where this may affect work. The service covers all doctors and dentists living in England. There are currently no arrangements direct self referrals for other parts of the UK, but the service accepts NHS referrals on a cost per case basis.
Fact sheets on specific mental health issues and supporting someone with a mental health condition
A network of d/Deaf and hard of hearing health professionals who share information and support.
Search for counsellors and psychotherapists in your area.
Information, advice and other support services from the GMC for doctors who have concerns about their own health.
The BMA Charities are two charities which help all doctors, and their dependents, and medical students in times of financial crisis, regardless of BMA membership status.
The RMBF can consider financial assistance to doctors, medical students and their families who are facing financial crisis. Depending on individual needs and circumstances, support can be through grants, loans, information and debt management advice.
A medical benevolent charity which assists UK medical practitioners and their dependants who find themselves in financial hardship.