Useful Resources

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)

Podcast on how to find and be a good mentor

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.
FY1 tips
A brief document for FY1s on how to get the most out of having a buddy.

FACEBOOK GROUPS:

Tea & Empathy

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.

Less Than Full Time Trainees Forum

A group for LTFT (or those thinking about) to discuss related topics.

Wonky Teacups

A support network for NHS Staff who experience chronic musculoskeletal problems


MISCELLANEOUS

(including both general and more specific support)

BMA Well-being Support Services

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

DocHealth

A confidential, not for profit, psychotherapeutic consultation service for all doctors.

GLADD

The Association of LGBT Doctors & Dentists.

Hope for Disabled Doctors

Support for Doctors with Disabilities.

Doctors' Support Network (DSN)

A fully confidential, friendly, self-help group for doctors and medical students with mental health concerns.

British Doctors & Dentists Group

A recovery group for Doctors & Dentists addicted to alcohol and/or drugs.

Sick Doctors Trust

Provides early intervention and treatment for doctors suffering from addiction to alcohol or other drugs.

NHS Practitioner Health Programme

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.

Royal College of Psychiatrists Mental Health Page

Fact sheets on specific mental health issues and supporting someone with a mental health condition

UK Health Professionals with Hearing Loss

A network of d/Deaf and hard of hearing health professionals who share information and support.

British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy

Search for counsellors and psychotherapists in your area.

GMC - Support Services

Information, advice and other support services from the GMC for doctors who have concerns about their own health.


FINANCES

BMA Charities

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.

Royal Medical Benevolent Fund (RMBF)

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.

Royal Medical Foundation

A medical benevolent charity which assists UK medical practitioners and their dependants who find themselves in financial hardship.