Doctors' well-being

BMA Counselling and Doctor Advisor Service

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24 hours, 7 days a week

Our confidential, nationwide advice and counselling for doctors and medical students is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Talk through any issues which may be worrying you in total privacy, confident that you are getting the best possible support.

Talk to someone in confidence

Listen to one doctor's story

Get free support and advice

Problems and issues at work can take hold of us at anytime, and can often feel difficult to manage on our own.

We provide free services through BMA counselling and the Doctor Adviser Service, providing on going support and advice to help you through difficult times

Listen to Dr Elliot King talk about how BMA counselling supported him when he needed it most.

Surviving a GMC investigation

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On the brink of losing his career as a result of a GMC investigation, an overseas-qualified GP sank into anxiety and feelings of shame.

Find out how this doctor coped with the stress.

Stand by me

Support when you need it

Are you concerned about a colleague?

Many doctors find it hard to acknowledge their own health issues and put off seeking help.
What to look out for and how you can help

Reasonable adjustments

If you are a disabled student in medical training, find out what reasonable adjustments you can expect to assist you through your medical course and once you have qualified.
Learn more about what you can expect

'The first time I...'

Get real life advice on coping with the difficult situations you may encounter as a new or trainee doctor.
Read the stories

Dealing with discrimination

Discrimination can affect anyone. We've developed a new resource to help if it happens to you.
Find out what you can do

Doctors are not immune to health problems

Many doctors deny problems and delay seeking help, mind you aren't one of them. 

Be part of the conversation and find out what help is available in BMA Communities.

Read more about Mental Health Awareness week

GMC investigation support

Our Doctor Support Service offers confidential emotional support to doctors going through 'fitness to practice' procedures.

Find out more about this free, confidential service.

Doctor support service

Doctors in difficulty

See a full list of organisations which offer help and advice for doctors in difficulty on issues such as:

  • Addiction
  • Bereavement
  • Stress

Find out more


Tools for change

Find links to websites with helpful tools, calculators and guides on issues such as:

  • Drug use
  • Mental health conditions
  • Health and fitness

Use tools for change

Are you at risk?

Don't let your health suffer while you look after other people.

Answer our short questionnaires.