Other useful resources

  • The Cameron Fund - The Fund is a charity for doctors who are, or have been, general practitioners, and for their dependents. It offers help in times of poverty, hardship or distress. The Fund aims to meet the needs of its beneficiaries in the fullest and most practical ways possible.

  • Citizens Advice Bureau  - Provides free, confidential, impartial and independent advice on a limitless range of subjects, including debt, benefits, housing, legal matters, employment, immigration and consumer issues. CAB are open to everyone regardless of race, gender, sexuality or disability.

  • Coroners Guidance

  • The Couch - Via Doctors.net website. Register with doctors.net to ensure that only genuine UK doctors can gain access. There is a forum "The Couch" for mutual support and advice, and the option of anonymous posting for delicate issues. The Couch also carries a long list of doctors around the UK happy to help others in distress.
  • DAIN fund  - helps with the education and support of doctors’ children when there are financial problems in the family. In most of the families helped the parents are out of work or on a very low income.

  • Depression Alliance - The leading UK charity for people affected by depression, offering help to people with depression, run by sufferers themselves. Their website contains information about the symptoms of depression, treatments for depression, as well as Depression Alliance campaigns and local groups.

  • DIAL UK (Disability Information and Advice Line- A national organisation for a network of approximately 130 local disability information and advice services run by and for disabled people.

  • Disability Support Group

  • Doc Health - A new, confidential, not for profit, psycho-therapeutic consultation service for all doctors.

  • Doctors Support Network - Provision of ongoing confidential advice and support to doctors with mental health problems.  All calls are dealt with by doctors.

  • Doctors Support Group - Aims to provide support and assistance for medical professionals facing suspension, exclusion, investigation of complaints and/or allegations of professional misconduct. Monthly meetings based in London but attendees come from across UK.
  • Eating Disorders Association - The EDA helplines are for people who wish to talk about eating disorders and to obtain information about help available in their locality.

  • Gamblers Anonymous  - A fellowship of men and women who have joined together to do something about their own gambling problem and to help other compulsive gamblers do the same.

  • GP Health Service - The NHS GP Health Service is a confidential NHS service for GPs and GP trainees in England. Click here  for how to access their Mental Health and Addiction Support services.

  • Hope 4 Medics - A support group for doctors with disabilities.

  • International Stress Management Association - Exists to promote sound knowledge and best practice in the prevention and reduction of human stress.

  • Medical Defence Union (for MDU members only) - For MDU members, the union provides expert help and advice on medico-legal and ethical matters including handling complaints, claims and GMC cases. It is staffed by a team of medico-legal advisers.

  • Medical Protection Society (for MPS members only) - The Medical Protection Society is the leading provider of comprehensive professional indemnity and expert advice to doctors, dentists and health professionals around the world.

  • Medical Success - was founded in 2007 by a group of doctors who found themselves frustrated at the lack of alternative career guidance out there for medically qualified people who seek change. They offer free careers resources on their site, hold national conference events and smaller work-shops on a variety of topics around career change.
  • Medical Women’s Federation - Offers advice and support to female doctors including mentoring and coaching schemes, support around issues with maternity leave, less the full time training, non-training grade doctors.
  • Medic Footprint - Alternative Careers and Wellbeing for Doctors. They offer workshops and national conferences. They also run a blog on variety of well-being issues.
  • Mindfulness for Doctors - A national network which facilitates residential weekends for doctors and medical students, across the country, who want to explore secular mindfulness based practice both personally and professionally.
  • Mindful Medics - They offer a drop in mindfulness group at the Practitioner Health programme in London on Saturdays (drop in fee £15). Additionally, they run other events. Please see their website.
  • MMC Gold Guide

  • NACT - Supporting Trainees:  A Guide for Supervisors (Practical advice for Educational and Clinical Supervisors) - click on link titled: Supporting Trainees NACT 2018.

  • NCAS Directory of Resources to Support Doctors and Dentists - This directory is intended to help with the implementation of recommendations following an NCAS assessment of a doctor or dentist. In addition, it should also be useful in supporting educational programmes for doctors and dentists generally and for identifying further training / programmes following determinations made by the General Medical Council or General Dental Council.

  • NHS Practitioner Health Programme - Available to all doctors and health professionals with agreement from their commissioner. Helping with issues that may relate to mental or physical health concerns. 
  • Practical and Financial Support for Doctors on Sick Leave - produced by a Severn trainee
  • Psychiatry Support Service (PSS) for Foundation Trainees - A telephone advice service offered to members and associates of the Royal College of Psychiatrists. Associate membership of the College is available to medical students and foundation doctors and is free. The PSS can be contacted by telephone (020 7245 0412) or email

  • Relate - The UK’s largest and most experienced relationship counselling organisation helping people to work through their relationship difficulties and reach their own decisions about the best way forward.

  • Resilience - Looking after yourself so you can better care for others

  • Resilient GP - Resilient GP is an organisation set up to support GPs in developing working practices designed to prevent burn out and to support a highly effective primary care service that works well both for the doctors and the needs of patients.
  • The Resilient GP Facebook group - serves as a support group for over 8000 GPs, practice nurses, practice managers and other members of a GP Surgery’s Team. The site acts as a chat room where colleagues can discuss the challenges of modern day general practice. We also act as a signposting service, advising members of specific organisations and individuals that can help them personally and professionally.  
  • Royal Medical Benevolent Fund (RMBF) - Depending on individual needs and circumstances, RMBF is able to provide grants, loans, information, advice, clothes parcels and payments to assist with domestic and financial crises or help with childcare and other costs.

  • Royal Medical Foundation - A medical benevolent charity assists UK medical practitioners and their dependents who find themselves in financial hardship.

  • The Samaritans

  • Sick Doctors Trust - Provision of early intervention and treatment for doctors suffering from addiction to alcohol or other drugs.
  • Suicide first aid training (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training). This helps people to recognise risk in others and to respond appropriately: https://www.suicidesafercornwall.org/

  • Tea & Empathy Facebook group -  National, informal, peer-to-peer network for healthcare professionals in the NHS. The aim is to foster an atmosphere of kindness and support where they can all offer an empathic ear to anyone struggling, signposting on to further help if needed. They have certain closed groups for healthcare staff with addiction problems and closed groups for consultants. They also have regional on-line groups which sometimes meet.
  • Victim Support Line - The national charity which helps people affected by crime. Provides free and confidential support to help you deal with your experience, whether or not you report the crime.

  • Women's Aid - The key national charity working to end domestic violence against women and children; supporting a network of over 500 domestic and sexual violence services across the UK.

 

ROYAL COLLEGES

All the Royal College websites have a signposting page on their site for members in difficulty. 

The Royal College of Psychiatry

Have access to free, confidential support and advice for members, trainee members and associates of the Royal College of Psychiatrists who find themselves in difficulty or in need of support personally or professionally. 

  • Start Well - a support initiative for psychiatrists in their first five years as a Consultants or Locum Consultant. 
  • They also have e-learning CPD modules on managing stress  

 

The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists

  • Mentoring & Support for trainees Scheme: for obstetricians and gynaecologists who are experiencing difficulties in relation to their work. Mentors are Fellows or Members of the College who have had mentoring training. 
  • A toolkit has been created about bullying and undermining in the workplace in collaboration with the Royal College of Midwives. There is a specific section on resilience in this toolkit.

 

The Royal College of Surgeons

Offer Confidential Support and Advice for Surgeons including a Surgeon to Surgeon helpline for confidential and impartial advice. 

Currently under development by the college is “well-being of the surgical team” modules which will form part of their their Team Training course.

 

The Royal College of GPs

Have a section of the website dedicated to wellbeing amongst GPs with links to courses and information. 

 

The Royal College of Emergency Medicine

The website has a helpful section of Reports & Toolkits for doctors working in Emergency Medicine.

 

The Royal College of Physicians

See the Supporting Trainees section of the website with helpful toolkits and information.
They have appointed a medical careers office, Dr Hina Pattini, who is investigating ways to best support their trainees and members. They are interested in working with PHP to promote physician health at some of their events (under way).

 

The Royal College of Paediatrics & Child Health

Have a section on the website dedicated to Wellbeing for Health Professionals

 

Online reading material 

  • Surviving Work in Health - an interesting on-line portal created by the Tavistock & Portman NHS Trust for health care workers.
  • The Doctors Paradox- rediscovering passion for healthcare. Founded by an American Cardiologist who has spent the last years researching burnout in doctors internationally. The site has a number of interesting reading materials as well as excellent podcasts with doctors across the world, including a number of UK doctors about how they bring balance to their lives.
  • Physician Burnout - a website set up by GP, Dr Kate Little, after her own experience of burnout.
  • Civility Saves Lives - Health professionals providing a collective voice for the importance of respect, professional courtesy and valuing each other; aiming to raise awareness of the negative impact that rudeness (incivility) can have in healthcare, so that we can understand the impact of our behaviours.