Working as a doctor, particularly EM, can present many challenges both to your personal and professional life.
Throughout EM training and beyond, it is crucial that you keep yourself healthy and happy.
Explore this page to find out more, and to access tips and resources that are available!
- Samaritans: Someone is always waiting to listen. Support line for times of crisis, available free of charge to call 24/7 on 116 123
- BMA Support line: Counselling access and peer support services (face to face and online).
- Health for Health Professionals Wales: Service providing free and confidential access to mental health support for all NHS staff and students across Wales (self help, guided self help, peer support, and virtual face to face therapies with accredited specialists).
- 2 Wish Upon A Star: As well as supporting families and friends through the bereavement of a child or young person, 2 Wish Upon A Star also supports professionals who have been affected by the sudden and unexplained death of a child or young person.
- Doctors’ Support Network: A peer support for doctors and medical students with mental health concern. The Doctors’ Support Network is a registered charity aiming to raise awareness, reduce stigma, and influence the agenda regarding physician health.
- DocHealth: An organisation jointly run by the BMA and the Royal Medical Benevolent Fund to provide medical professionals with psychotherapy support from Consultant Medical Psychotherapists.
- “Baker’s Dozen of Mental Toughness” – 13 ways to improve your resilience at work. Tips include managing stress, meditation, decision making and more
- RCEM wellness compendium
- Sleep Cycle: An App to help you understand and improve your sleep, and wake up feeling rested.
- Sleepio: A digital sleep improvement programme which uses cognitive behavioural therapies to improve your sleep.
Working at Night: How to keep Safe
I’m Safe’ Checklist
Working Well at Night
Useful Tips to Aid Sleep
Fatigue: The Facts
- Bullying and Harassment: Experiencing bullying and harassment in the workplace can be an extremely stressful and upsetting experience. It may be difficult to know how to deal with it. The BMA have advice and guidance on how to tackle these situations, as well as e-learning modules. In February 2015, the GMC also published a review on how to tackle undermining and bullying in medical education and training.
- Raising a Concern: If you have a concern about patient safety or another issue at your work place, knowing how best to deal with it can be daunting. The GMC have created advice, toolkits, and useful videos to help you take the right steps.
- GMC Ethical Hub: For more information on a range of ethical dilemmas and challenges, you can find guidance in the GMC Ethical Hub. Topics include mental capacity, safeguarding, trans healthcare, patients with learning difficulties, remote consultations and looking after older adults.
- Civility Saves Lives Civility in the workplace, including the clinical setting, is important. Civility improves diagnosis, clinical decision making, and patient outcomes. Civility Saves Lives
- HEIW Health and Wellbeing Resources: Health Education and Improvement Wales have lots of resources available, including information on wellbeing, bereavement, suicide, trauma and general health.
- Professional Support Unit (PSU)
- Royal Medical Foundation: A charity founded in 1855, whose are to assist registered doctors and their families who are in financial hardship.
- Practical assistance is given in three ways:
- Provision of regular payments to their widows, widowers and their children
- Provision of one-off grants when emergency help is required
- In exceptional circumstances, we can provide assistance with school fees for sons or daughters of registered doctors enabling them to maintain educational stability at times of distress caused by illness, bereavement or financial need in their family
- Practical assistance is given in three ways:
- Royal Medical Benevolent Fund: A charity that provides support for doctors and their families through all stages of their career and beyond. Help ranges from financial assistance in the form of grants to a telephone befriending scheme for those who may be isolated and in need of support.
- Alcoholics Anonymous: If you seem to be having trouble with your drinking, or if your drinking has reached the point of where it worries you, then Alcoholics Anonymous and the AA programme of recovery may be of interest to you. AA is a fellowship focusing on personal recovery from alcohol addiction.
- Narcotics Anonymous: NA supports anyone addicts as well as their friends and family, supporting them to maintain a drug free life.