Supporting medical students with mental health concerns
This is part of the wider review of health and disability, and is looking at how medical schools can best support students with mental health concerns.
Work in 2013
Student mental health guidance for medical schools
We will shortly be publishing guidance and research into what support medical schools provide to medical students who have mental health conditions.
The guidance will contain recommendations to medical schools on how they can best support their students who have mental health conditions. It will also contain good practice examples from medical schools across the UK.
We have also commissioned research which looks at what medical students perceive to be the risks associated with studying medicine. This study includes a survey that medical schools can run with their own students to assess what non-educational aspects of the course they find difficult.
Student mental health roundtables
We have held meetings with medical students in London, Manchester and Edinburgh to hear their views on mental health issues in medical schools. The medical students who volunteered were all Student Associate members of the Royal College of Psychiatrists.
We will give more information on what happened at these meetings shortly.
What happened last year
Medical student mental health operational group
This group was set up in February 2012 to oversee the commissioning of research into the mental health of medical students. It was a joint project with the Medical Schools Council which we led on, and fed into the wider review of health and disability in medical education and training.
Membership of the group (pdf) was drawn from the GMC’s former Undergraduate Board and organisations with an interest in this area.
The group met three times and disbanded in December 2012.
The group agreed that the following principles should underpin the research study.
- 1. The project should focus on supporting students with common mental health concerns. More serious issues such as severe psychotic illness should be considered but not as the main focus. Some examples of the types of conditions we would expect to see covered include depression, anxiety, eating disorders and addictions.
- 2. Although this research should primarily focus on medical students and undergraduate medical education, the implications for postgraduate training should be considered along with the transition process.
3. The primary aim of the overall project is to produce guidance that will be helpful to medical schools. The research team will need to bear this in mind as they prepare their bid and carry out their work.
Find out more
You can find more information on the work of the operational group in our 2012 equality analysis (pdf).
If you have any questions on this work, please contact Clare Owen on 020 7189 5026 or firstname.lastname@example.org.