Medical resources

Royal Medical Benevolent Fund
The RMBF is the UK charity for doctors, medical students and their families. They provide financial support, money advice and information when it is most needed due to age, ill health, disability and bereavement.

Doctors' Support Network
Peer support for doctors and medical students with mental health concerns

DocHealth is a confidential, not for profit, psychotherapeutic consultation service for all doctors, supported by charitable donations from the British Medical Association and Royal Medical Benevolent Fund. It is delivered by Consultant Medical Psychotherapists based at BMA House in London. Although located in London the service is open to all doctors in the UK.

BMA Wellbeing support services
Available to doctors and medical students, the BMA Wellbeing confidential support services are available on 0330 123 1245. You don't have to be a member of the BMA to use this service 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

NHS Practitioner Health Programme
The programme is an award winning, free and confidential NHS service for doctors and dentists with issues relating to a mental health concern or addiction problem, in particular where these might affect their work.

Useful resources to support physical and mental wellbeing 

Society Occupational Medicine. The Society’s report What could make a difference to the mental health of UK doctors? A review of the research evidence includes a list of occupational support services for doctors

BMA directory of wellbeing support services offers signposting to a range of organisations, services and websites which can offer help on a wide variety of issues.

NHS Improvement: Engaging, supporting and valuing doctors in training: improving wellbeing and support features case studies which explore initiatives to improve wellbeing and better support doctors in training, for example how Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust developed its 'Steps 4 Wellness' programme for improving physical health, mental health, making healthy choices and socialising at work.

NHS Health Education England: NHS Staff and Learners’ Mental Wellbeing Commission . The Commission’s aim is to see an NHS where staff and learners are happy and feel fulfilled in their work, where they look forward to going to work and are proud of the care they provide to their patients. There is good evidence that happy staff are more compassionate and provide safer care.

NHS Employers How are you feeling NHS? Toolkit: this easy-to-use resource can be used to check your own wellbeing or speak to and support colleagues with their emotional wellbeing.

The NHS Employers’ Health and Wellbeing Framework is an interactive document that makes the case for staff health and wellbeing, sets out clear actionable steps for each of the 14 areas and includes guidance on how organisations can plan and deliver a staff health and wellbeing strategy.

The BMA has produced guidance for doctors and other clinical staff on how best to manage the risks of fatigue associated with current working patterns and the Medical Protection Society has advice on  Surviving a night shift.