There are several sources of support should you find yourself in difficulty (for whatever reason). The Deanery funds local counselling services for both Doctors and Dentists alike - full details are available below. Alternatively there are many external sources and we list a set of links to these also.
Take Time is a confidential counselling service specifically for junior doctors and dentists within the Yorkshire Deanery.
The service is funded by the Deanery, and provided by a collaboration between the University of Leeds Student Counselling Centre and the Specialist Psychotherapy Service, Leeds Partnerships Foundation NHS Trust.
Medical work is inherently stressful and you may find you need help with work-related and/or personal difficulties which can often cause anxiety, stress, depression and unhappiness, such as:
- Wanting to leave medicine
- Loss of confidence
- Relationships with colleagues
- Worrying about work and possible errors
- Training difficulties/exam difficulties
- Moving to a new job
- Anxiety, distress
- Relationship/family problems
- Loss and bereavement
- Reactions to trauma
- Alcohol and drug misuse
For further information, download a leaflet, N.B. large file size - 8MB
Telephone: 0113 343 4642
or contact us at:
19 Clarendon Place
to find out more about the service offered.
Workplace Wellbeing is a professional counselling and consultancy service to help doctors in difficulty deal with personal or work-related stress and psychological trauma relating to work roles. The service aims to help doctors improve psychological health and stay psychologically healthy. One-to-one counselling is provided on a confidential self-referral basis. The counselling is short-term.
This service is also funded directly by the Deanery and is available to a doctors and dentists working in the former South Yorkshire and South Humber Deanery.
Please telephone: 0114 226 1810
30 Wilkinson Street
Sheffield S10 2GB
8.15 am to 7.15 pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays
8.45 am to 5 pm for the rest of the week
For more details of these services, please contact either service.
- British Medical Association Counselling Service
- BMA Doctors for Doctors an enhancement of the above, providing the choice of speaking in confidence to another doctor.
- Confidential Support and Advice Service from the Royal College of Surgeons of England
- Doctors Support Line
- Medical Defence Union
- Medical Protection Society
- Support for Doctors in Difficulty from the Royal Medical Benevolent Fund
- Local counselling service: Take Time (E/N/W Yorks and N Lincs) and Workplace Wellbeing (South Yorks)
- Doctors Support Network - a self help group, with a Helpline, for doctors with a range of mental health problems.
And for specific groups:
- Overseas Doctors Training in Anaesthesia in the UK (ODTA-UK) - Written for anaesthetists in particular but with information useful to all specialties.
- Overseas Doctors Community Site - a very useful site with a wide range of advice. However, the jokes section contains material that may be considered offensive - as per our disclaimer below, the Deanery in no way endorse this material.
- HOPE for disabled doctors - support and advice for disabled individuals and their employers / professional bodies.
The Yorkshire and the Humber Deanery aims to provide excellent training for doctors from overseas who come here to further their own professional development, and who, in the process, make a valuable contribution to the National Health Service.
Overseas doctors are subject to complex regulations, they may be used to a very different health care and training system, they may find themselves disadvantaged in the competition for the most appropriate training posts, the training provided may not be relevant to the situation they will return to in their own country, and, in the past at least, may have found the balance tilted too far towards service provision and too far away from training.
A brief guide to employment opportunities as a doctor in the UK
- All posts are appointed to in open competition. This means that they are advertised and must be applied for by following the given instructions. Most posts are advertised via the NHS Jobs website http://www.jobs.nhs.uk and in the British Medical Journal Careers http://careers.bmj.com/careers
- Each post will have a person specification indicating who is eligible to apply.
- Information on registration with the General Medical Council is available at http://www.gmc-uk.org/doctors/index.asp
- Information on visa / entry requirements for the UK are available on http://www.bia.homeoffice.gov.uk
The Medical Training Initiative allows some International Medical Graduates (IMG) to experience training in the UK for up to 2 years. After that time the IMG returns to their country of origin. The posts need Deanery approval but are not funded by the Deanery.
Further details can be found in the following associated documents:
- BMJ Special Issue on Overseas Doctors
- MTI Application Form Draft 21 09 10
- MTI Exception Report Draft 21 09 10
- MTI Guide Draft with Dentistry 20 07 10
- MTI Starters Report Draft 21 09 10
And associated links: