Coronavirus: Wellbeing resources for doctors
We know that working in challenging situations can leave you feeling stressed and tired, and your own wellbeing may feel like the last priority.
It’s important that you rest, recharge and take time for yourself. This will protect your own wellbeing and help you care for your patients.
There's a range of resources available for all UK health workers that can support your wellbeing.
- – a comprehensive bank of resources that provide advice on a wide range of topics, including building personal resilience, managing stress and making decisions under pressure. There’s also advice for managers on how to support staff members during a crisis.
- The MindEd Coronavirus staff resilience hub, from Health Education England (HEE) – the hub is open to all frontline healthcare workers and contains resources on how to deal with stress, fear and trauma. It also has advice for managers to help them to better support staff.
- – a package of resources designed to support the wellbeing of health and social care staff during coronavirus (COVID-19). It includes a directory of local helplines for staff within trusts, local GP practices and independent care providers.
- – this online hub provides health and social care staff with a range of resources they can use to help manage their wellbeing. There’s also advice for managers, to help them support staff during this challenging time.
- – a compilation of supportive resources and tools for healthcare staff. It provides tips on a wellbeing, compassionate leadership and supporting staff following a traumatic incident.
It can help to talk to someone if you’re experiencing challenges or dealing with a difficult situation.
Your GP is always on hand to support you, and there are a number of specialist services available that specifically support healthcare workers.
- – the confidential helpline is available to all doctors and medical students across the UK, not just BMA members. Partners and dependents aged 16–24 can also use the service. The BMA website also has an extensive directory of for doctors who might be struggling with a range of issues.
- – the free helpline is available to all NHS staff in England. Trained professionals can give you advice on coaching, bereavement care, mental health and financial help. Support via text is also available to doctors any time of day.
- - a free, confidential NHS service for all doctors and dentists across England with mental illness and addiction problems, who are working or looking to return to clinical practice. It can help with issues relating to a mental health concern, including stress or depression or an addiction problem, in particular where these might affect work. The service is provided by health professionals specialising in mental health support to doctors and is available in various locations across England.
- – local helplines are available to support healthcare staff across Northern Ireland.
- – the hub contains a directory of services for all health and social care staff in Scotland. This can also be broken down by region, so that staff can find support in their area.
- – a free counselling service for all doctors in Wales.
Support with a bereavement
Everyone grieves in their own time and way. If you have recently experienced the loss of a friend, family member, colleague or patient, reaching out to those you trust can help. But if you feel you need additional support, it is available.
- NHS staff in England can access peer to peer support and counselling via the .
- Health and Social Care in Northern Ireland’s bereavement network has created a . It contains the numbers for helplines at each trust.
- The Scottish Government has also created a .
- Health Education and Improvement in Wales has put together a , if they’ve experienced a bereavement.
Supporting a colleague
Resources are also available if you’re helping a colleague through a bereavement. The BMA has produced. And NHS England and NHS Improvement have created a that you might find useful.