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General Resources

British Medical Association Counselling Service

The British Medical Association runs a confidential counselling service for all members and their families who are under stress through personal, emotional or work related problems, relationship difficulties, health worries, debt, bereavement, and alcohol and/or drug misuse, etc.

It is staffed by qualified counsellors dedicated to the BMA and bound by strict ethical codes of conduct and confidentiality. Details of conversations with counsellors will not be relayed to employers or the BMA.

24-hour helpline: 0330 123 1245

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British Medical Association Doctor Advisor Service

The Doctor Advisor service runs alongside BMA Counselling giving doctors and medical students in distress or difficulty the choice of speaking in confidence to another doctor. 

Telephone: 0330 123 1245

Ask to speak to a Doctor Advisor and you will be given the name of a doctor to contact and details of their availability. 

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The Sick Doctors' Trust

The Sick Doctors' Trust provides support and help for doctors, dentists and medical students who are concerned about their use of drugs or alcohol.

24-hour helpline: 0370 444 5163

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Academy of Medical Royal Colleges support for doctors

Working in the NHS can be very challenging. It is vital that all doctors and NHS professionals support one another by providing an environment that encourages and enables us to make choices that promote healthy lives and wellbeing. We need well doctors so that patients receive the best care and management possible.

If you or a colleague is looking for support there are a range of organisations, services and websites which can offer help.

British International Doctors' Association

The British International Doctors' Association was established in the United Kingdom with the sole objective of promoting equality and fairness for all doctors and dentists working in the UK. BIDA's mission is to achieve equal treatment of all doctors and dentists based on their competence and merit irrespective of race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, country of origin or school of graduation.

The association provides a heath counselling panel that may be useful where cultural or linguistic factors are prominent.

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