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Wellbeing resources hub

This hub brings together resources and sources of support for wellbeing, mental health and legal advice.

Information provided about other organisations is correct as of the time of publication. We are unable to monitor the content of external websites, and inclusion in this list is not an endorsement of an organisation’s services, products or online content.

On this page:

RCOG support

Professional support

  • Trainees can access Professional Support Services through their deanery
  • Your GP – can offer support and facilitate time off if needed.
  • Your Trust's Occupational Health Department can offer support and facilitate time off if needed.
  • Supporting Our People (NHS)
    Resources for NHS staff including a free confidential phone line, text message or app. Call 0300 131 7000 or text FRONTLINE to 85258. Helping you manage your own health and wellbeing whilst looking after others.
  • Coronavirus Staff Resilience Hub
    Created for frontline NHS and care staff, in partnership with NHS Health Education England, NHS England-Improvement and Skills for Care.
  • #Caring4NHS People
    Virtual community sessions to support the wellbeing of health and care staff during the pandemic.
  • First You
    A signposting hub, created by healthcare professionals for healthcare professionals. Topics include self-care, grief, and stress and anxiety.
  • National Wellbeing Hub
    For staff working in health and social care in Scotland. Includes resources for both individuals and managers.

Counselling and support

  • British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy
    Search for counsellors and psychotherapists in your area (non-medic specific)
  • British Medical Association (BMA)
    Looking after yourself, staying safe and well at work, managing sickness and return to work.  Free and confidential 24/7 counselling and peer support services open to all doctors and medical students plus partners or dependents on 0330 123 1245.
  • DocHealth
    A confidential, not for profit, psychotherapeutic consultation service for doctors in the UK
  • Doctors Support Network (DSN)
    A confidential peer support network for doctors and medical students with concerns about their mental health.
  • Duty To Care
    Provide wellbeing support via online consultation to improve and sustain the mental health and wellbeing of healthcare professionals.
  • NHS Practitioner Health
    A free, confidential service for doctors and dentists in England who have mental or physical health concerns and or addiction problems. People may also want to access the service when they are looking to return to clinical practice after a period of absence.
  • NHS psychological therapies (IAPT services)
    Free psychological therapies, including counselling and CBT. Search for services in your area and refer yourself directly (non-medic specific)
  • Royal Medical Benevolent Fund
    Advice on topics including mental health, finances, physical health, returning to work and careers.
  • Samaritans
    Available 24 hours a day to provide confidential emotional support for people who are experiencing feelings of distress or despair, including those which may lead to suicide
  • Sick Doctors Trust
    upport for medical students, and their families, suffering any degree of dependence on drugs and alcohol.
  • Trauma Response Network
    Provides free therapy and anonymous trauma support by qualified EMDR therapists to people affected by a mass trauma event. Now supporting people suffering acute anxiety or PTSD as a result of COVID-19.
  • NHS Mental Health
    Information and support for your mental health, feelings, symptoms, behaviours, self-care, urgent care, psychological therapies, advice for real life situations and events.
  • You OK Doc? Supporting doctors' mental health and wellbeing. Includes a podcast, bespoke resources and an online community to chat informally and confidentially with other doctors about life as a medic.

Legal advice

  • BMA Law
    Independent, proactive legal advice for BMA members and non-members. BMA Law’s expert team offer a wide range of services to support doctors at work and at home; from dispute resolution and GMC investigation support, to estate planning and personal injury. All services are offered at preferential rates to BMA members.
  • General Medical Council (GMC)
    Guidance on how decisions are reached in cases where concerns have been raised about a doctor’s fitness to practise.
  • Medical Defence Union
    Provides expert help and advice on medico-legal and ethical matters including handling complaints, witness statements, coroner reports, GMC cases and police investigations.
  • Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service
    Information and support for doctors who have a hearing as part of a GMC investigation.
  • Medical Protection Society
    Provides comprehensive professional indemnity and expert advice to doctors, dentists and health professionals around the world.

Wellbeing Apps

  • Wellbeing apps for NHS staff
    NHS staff have been given free access to a number of wellbeing apps to support with their mental health and wellbeing.
  • Headspace
    The Headspace app teaches meditation and mindfulness, helping you to lower your stress, deal with anxiety, focus more and sleep better.
  • Unmind
    Unmind is a mental health platform that empowers staff to proactively improve their mental wellbeing. It’s free for all NHS staff until 30 June 2021.