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There are several sources of support for trainees in difficulty. Health Education England working across Yorkshire and the Humber funds local counselling services for both Doctors and Dentists alike - full details are available below. Alternatively there are many external resources available and can be accessed via the links below.
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 Health Education England working across Yorkshire and the Humber and is available to trainees in Yorkshire and the Humber.
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.
Given the current Public Health England situation and Government COVID-19 recommendations Taketime will be moving to telephone contact from next week (23rd March). The time from the point of self-referral to when you may be contacted by a clinician may also be increased from this time onwards.
As per our usual advice, if you feel you need urgent mental health support please contact your GP or Crisis team as necessary.
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.
Take Time is a confidential service specifically for junior doctors and dentists within Health Education England working across Yorkshire and the Humber (HEE YH).
The service offers 2 assessment sessions initially, with the option of subsequent time limited sessions. For people who live far from Leeds we may be able to offer telephone consultations after the initial assessment.
The service is funded by HEE YH, and provided by a collaboration between the University of Leeds Student Counselling Service and The Psychological Therapy Service, Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.
Take Time appointments take place at either of our two venues; you will be told which venue to attend when an appointment is booked for you:
Dr V Luthra
Department of Pyschotherapy
St Mary's House, South Wing
St Mary's Road
Dr A Menon & Ms Oxley
Student Counselling & Wellbeing Service
University of Leeds
19-21 Clarendon Place
If you would like to book an appointment with the Take Time team, please complete our self-referral form.
Thank you for contacting the Take Time Service
Due to the high demand for the service there is currently a waiting list to be seen. You should be contacted by a clinician within 6-8 weeks from time of referral. During this time you do not need to re-submit your self-referral form.
We appreciate your patience however if you need to be seen urgently, we kindly request you to contact your GP and/or crisis mental health services.
Please click on the following link to view the Take Time Privacy Notice.
Please also note that counselling services are available to all trainees in Yorkshire and the Humber via the Workplace Wellbeing service based in the South, more information is available below under the Counselling Service: South Yorkshire tab.
- 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
- Medical Defence Union
- Medical Protection Society
- Support for Doctors in Difficulty from the Royal Medical Benevolent Fund
- Doctors Support Network - a self help group, with a Helpline, for doctors with a range of mental health problems.
And for specific groups:
- NHS England Service - specific support for trainees in General Practice.
- 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.
Health Education England working across Yorkshire and the Humber aims to provide excellent training for doctors from overseas who wish to further their professional development, and who, in the process, make a valuable contribution to the National Health Service.
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 websitehttp://www.jobs.nhs.uk and in the British Medical Journal Careershttp://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 onhttp://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 approval but are not funded by Health Education England working across Yorkshire and the Humber.
Further details can be found in the below associated documents.
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