Wellbeing and support

You’re joining the medical profession at a moment of great challenge, change and opportunity. You’ll likely have fears and anxieties, but you’re not alone.

Your medical school, foundation school, employer, new colleagues and family and friends will all be there to support you. It's critical that you look after yourself, and reach out for help if you need it. 

Your wellbeing 

During times of pressure, it’s important to remember your own health and wellbeing. 

Your foundation school are there to support you as you face the challenges of becoming a new doctor in these unique circumstances. If you’re a UK graduate your medical school will also be there to help. Make sure you know who to contact if you need advice or support when starting a new role. 

We’ve published answers to commonly asked questions about looking after your health and wellbeing during the pandemic, and linked to useful sources of support. The questions we’ve answered include:

  • I’m a newly qualified doctor. How can I best prepare myself for practice?
  • What can I do if I feel overwhelmed?
  • I have a long-term health condition. What should I do?

We've also pulled together a list of wellbeing resources and support services to help you.

Advice and support from your new colleagues

You’re starting work as a Foundation doctor at an unprecedented time, when even experienced health professionals may be working in unfamiliar circumstances. Your colleagues will know that you’re a new doctor. They will understand the pressures that you may face and can support you as you adapt to your new role.