Health and wellbeing support for all doctors

Pressurised working conditions can have a negative impact on doctors’ personal lives and wellbeing, increasing the risk of fatigue and burnout.

It’s important that you look after your health and get support if you need it.

How do I find help?

If you’re worried about your health and wellbeing or believe you may be experiencing burnout, there are several ways you can get support.

  • Where possible, talk to the person in your department, practice, trust or board who is responsible for the occupational health and wellbeing of doctors.
  • Most of the medical royal colleges have their own support and advice services for members. Please contact them to see what help they can provide.

Other sources of support for health and wellbeing

UK-wide

The BMA offers a wellbeing and support service for all doctors and medical students. You don’t need to be a member to access this free and confidential service.

The Doctors' Support Network offers peer support for doctors and medical students with mental health concerns.

England

The NHS Practitioner Health Programme is a free and confidential NHS service for doctors and dentists with mental or physical health concerns or addiction problems.

If you’re a doctor in training in England your guardian of safe working hours may be able to help with any relevant concerns.

Wales

The Health for Health Professionals (HHP) Wales helpline is a free and confidential face to face counselling service for doctors in Wales. It can give you access to a British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP) accredited therapist in your area.