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Doctors' well-being

BMA Counselling and Doctor Advisor Service

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24 hours, 7 days a week

Our confidential, nationwide counselling service 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

International Conference on Physician Health

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18-20 September 2016

The ICPH is a collaborative meeting brought to you by the BMA and the American and Canadian medical associations.

It showcases research and perspectives into physicians’ health and offers practical, evidence-based skills and strategies to promote a healthier medical culture for physicians.

Find out more and submit an abstract

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

Dealing with difficult behaviours at work

Learn how to effectively and constructively manage behaviours that can have a negative impact within the workplace.
Find out how to manage

Reasonable adjustments

Find out what reasonable adjustments disabled students can expect to assist them through their medical course and after qualification.
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

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.

Start here

GP practices are under more pressure than ever

Read our practical guidance on how to manage it

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

Use tools for change

Are you at risk?

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

Answer our short questionnaires.