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.

In 2019 we published an independent report into the wellbeing of UK doctors and medical students, by Professor Michael West and Dame Denise Coia. It found that patient satisfaction was higher in workplaces where there was better staff wellbeing (see page 12 of the report).

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.

Useful resources

There's a range of resources across the UK that can support your wellbeing. These include:

Support services

It can help to talk to someone if you’re experiencing challenges or dealing with a difficult situation. Specialist services are available for healthcare workers, including:

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.

Supporting a colleague

Resources are also available if you’re helping a colleague through a bereavement. The BMA has produced a guide on what to do if you’re concerned about a colleague. And NHS England and NHS Improvement have created a bereavement support guide that you might find useful.