Other useful resources:
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Resources for drug, alcohol or other addiction concerns:
- Addaction - A major national drug and alcohol treatment charity in the United Kingdom.
- Alcohol Concern - Acts as the national umbrella body for 500 local agencies tackling alcohol-related harm and offering help to the families and friends of those with alcohol related problems.
- Alcoholics Anonymous - A fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism.
- Bottled-up - A resource for those with an alcohol problem, or those who are in a relationship with someone with an alcohol problem
- Gamblers Anonymous - A fellowship of men and women who have joined together to do something about their own gambling problem and to help other compulsive gamblers do the same.
- Sick Doctors Trust - Provision of early intervention and treatment for doctors suffering from addiction to alcohol or other drugs.
- British Doctors and Dentists Group - A support society for doctors and dentists who are recovering, or wish to recover, from addiction/dependency on alcohol or other drugs. The confidentially of all group members is strictly retained. Regular meeting groups in Scotland, Wales and England. The BDDG also has family groups to support the loved ones of the sick doctor or dentist.
Resources for disabilities:
- Association of Disabled Professionals - Drawing on the expertise of disabled professionals to improve the educational and employment opportunities of disabled people.
- Association of Medical Professionals with Hearing Loss (AMPHL) - Provides information, promotes advocacy and mentorship, and creates a network for individuals with hearing loss interested in health care fields.
- DIAL UK (Disability Information and Advice Line) - A national organisation for a network of approximately 130 local disability information and advice services run by and for disabled people.
- Hope 4 Medics - A support group for doctors with disabilities.
Resources for finances:
- The Cameron Fund - The Fund is a charity for doctors who are, or have been, general practitioners, and for their dependents. It offers help in times of poverty, hardship or distress. The Fund aims to meet the needs of its beneficiaries in the fullest and most practical ways possible.
- BMA Charities - helps all doctors, and their dependents, and medical students in times of financial crisis.
- Royal Medical Benevolent Fund (RMBF) - Depending on individual needs and circumstances, RMBF is able to provide grants, loans, information, advice, clothes parcels and payments to assist with domestic and financial crises or help with childcare and other costs.
- Royal Medical Foundation - A medical benevolent charity assists UK medical practitioners and their dependents who find themselves in financial hardship.
- Citizens Advice Bureau - Provides free, confidential, impartial and independent advice on a limitless range of subjects, including debt, benefits, housing, legal matters, employment, immigration and consumer issues. CAB are open to everyone regardless of race, gender, sexuality or disability.
Resources for self-development:
- BMJ Learning - Dealing with Conflict Module
- BMJ Learning - Emotional Intelligence Module
- BMJ Learning - Negotiating and Influencing Module
- BMJ Learning - Workload and Time Management Module
- BMJ Learning - Understanding Resilience in the workplace Module
Resources for doctors dealing with medico-legal, ethical, complaint or GMC issues:
- Coroners Guidance
- Doctors Support Group - Aims to provide support and assistance for medical professionals facing suspension, exclusion, investigation of complaints and/or allegations of professional misconduct. Monthly meetings based in London but attendees come from across UK.
- Medical Defence Union (for MDU members only) - For MDU members, the union provides expert help and advice on medico-legal and ethical matters including handling complaints, claims and GMC cases. It is staffed by a team of medico-legal advisers.
- Medical Protection Society (for MPS members only) - The Medical Protection Society is the leading provider of comprehensive professional indemnity and expert advice to doctors, dentists and health professionals around the world.
Resources for victims of abuse/crime:
- Victim Support Line - The national charity which helps people affected by crime. Provides free and confidential support to help you deal with your experience, whether or not you report the crime.
- Women's Aid - The key national charity working to end domestic violence against women and children; supporting a network of over 500 domestic and sexual violence services across the UK.
Resources for International Medical Graduates:
- GMC Welcome to UK Practice - a free workshop designed to help doctors new to the UK, by offering practical guidance about ethical scenarios you may encounter, and the chance to connect virtually with other doctors coming from abroad
- Road to UK - A collection of resources helping International Medical Graduates (IMGs) in their postgraduate journey. Road to UK has grown to become a HUB of information related to working and living in the UK as a doctor.
- BMA IMG resources - A range of resources for supporting IMGs, including immigration queries, learning and development and a toolkit for doctors new to the UK.
- Eating Disorders Association - The EDA helplines are for people who wish to talk about eating disorders and to obtain information about help available in their locality.
- Medical Women’s Federation - Offers advice and support to female doctors including mentoring and coaching schemes, support around issues with maternity leave, less the full time training, non-training grade doctors.
- NACT - Supporting Trainees: A Guide for Supervisors (Practical advice for Educational and Clinical Supervisors) - click on link titled: Supporting Trainees NACT 2018
- Health & Self Care - Inner balance for an Effective life for Health Professionals - a free online book compiled by Dr Andrew Tresidder with contributions from a number of experienced medical professionals. It discusses physical and psychological health as well as Mindfulness, Compassion & Resilience - with tips and strategies.
- Surviving Work in Health - an interesting on-line portal created by the Tavistock & Portman NHS Trust for health care workers.
- The Doctors Paradox- rediscovering passion for healthcare. Founded by an American Cardiologist who has spent the last years researching burnout in doctors internationally. The site has a number of interesting reading materials as well as excellent podcasts with doctors across the world, including a number of UK doctors about how they bring balance to their lives.
- Physician Burnout - a website set up by GP, Dr Kate Little, after her own experience of burnout.
- Civility Saves Lives - Health professionals providing a collective voice for the importance of respect, professional courtesy and valuing each other; aiming to raise awareness of the negative impact that rudeness (incivility) can have in healthcare, so that we can understand the impact of our behaviours.
All the Royal College websites have a signposting page on their site for members looking for additional support.
Have access to free, confidential support and advice for members, trainee members and associates of the Royal College of Psychiatrists who find themselves in difficulty or in need of support personally or professionally.
- Psychiatrists Support Service
- Coaching and Mentoring service
- Start Well - a support initiative for psychiatrists in their first five years as a Consultants or Locum Consultant.
- They also have e-learning CPD modules on managing stress
- Mentoring & Support for trainees Scheme: for obstetricians and gynaecologists who are experiencing difficulties in relation to their work. Mentors are Fellows or Members of the College who have had mentoring training.
- A toolkit has been created about bullying and undermining in the workplace in collaboration with the Royal College of Midwives. There is a specific section on resilience in this toolkit.
- Offer Confidential Support and Advice for Surgeons including a Surgeon to Surgeon helpline for confidential and impartial advice.
- Currently under development by the college is “well-being of the surgical team” modules which will form part of their their Team Training course.
- Have a section of the website dedicated to wellbeing amongst GPs with links to courses and information.
- The website has a helpful section of Reports & Toolkits for doctors working in Emergency Medicine.
- See the Supporting Trainees section of the website with helpful toolkits and information.
- They have appointed a medical careers office.
- Have a section on the website dedicated to Wellbeing for Health Professionals
- Have a section on Support & Wellness