Additional Psychological Support for Trainees

Throughout training, Psychological support may be beneficial to trainees. 


Usually this support should be accessed either through:


·         the trainee’s General Practitioner


·         the trainee’s employer as part of the employer Occupational Health service


On occasion, it may not be suitable for support to be accessed through either of these routes.  In these circumstances Health Education England, working across the West Midlands may fund a limited number of Psychological sessions for these trainees.  To request funding for a referral for Psychological support trainees must email and provide the reason for their request.


In addition there are other sources of support and resource available which trainees can access independently. 




BMA Counselling and Doctor Advisor Service

The BMA is the professional association for all doctors in the UK as well as an independent trade union for BMA members.  Members can seek advice and assistance on any non clinical employment related issue  


Medical Protection Society (for MPS members only)

The Medical Protection society is the leading provider of comprehensive professional indemnity and expert advice to doctors, dentists and health professionals around the world.


Medical Defence Union (for MDU members only)

For MDU members, the union provides expert help and advice on medico-legal and ethical matters including handling complaints, claims and GMC cases.  It is staffed by a team of medico-legal advisors.



Samaritans is 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.       

Tel: 08457 90 90 90


Citizens Advice Bureau

Citizens Advice Bureau give free, confidential, impartial and independent advice on a limitless range of subjects, including debt, benefits, housing, legal matters, employment, immigration and consumer issues.  Bureau are open to everyone regardless of race, gender, sexuality and disability. /



Doctors’ Support Network

The Doctors' Support Network (DSN) is a fully confidential, friendly peer support group for doctors and medical students with mental health concerns including stress, burnout, anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, psychoses and eating disorders.


Sick Doctors Trust

Provision of early intervention and treatment for doctors suffering from addiction to alcohol or other drugs.



Provides advice and support to empower anyone experiencing mental health problems


Medical Council on Alcohol

The MCA is an organisation of registered medical practitioners with a view to understanding of alcoholism and its prevention and the treatment and after-care of alcoholics.              


Alcoholics Anonymous

Alcoholic Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism.



Addaction is a major national drug and alcohol treatment charity in the United Kingdom.


Narcotics Anonymous

Narcotics Anonymous is a non-profit fellowship or society of men and women for whom drugs had become a major problem. They are recovering addicts who meet regularly to help each other stay clean.           


Hope 4 Medics

A support group for doctors with disabilities.


Eating Disorder Association

The EDA helplines are for people who wish to talk about eating disorders and to obtain information about help available I their locality.


Gamblers Anonymous

Gamblers Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who have joined together to do something about their own gambling and to help other compulsive gamblers do the same.




Cruse offers face-to-face, telephone, email and website support and is the leading national charity for bereaved people.  They offer support, advice and information to children, young people and adults when someone dues



Relate is the UK’s largest and most experienced relationship counselling organization helping people to work through their relationship difficulties and reach their own decisions about the best way forward.




Victim Support Line

Victim Support is the national charity which helps people affected by crime. We provide free and confidential support to help you deal with your experience, whether or not you report the crime.


National Domestic Violence Helpline

Run in partnership with Refuge and Women’s Aid, this is a national service for women experiencing domestic violence, their family, friends, colleagues and others calling on their behalf.


Men’s Advice Line

Is a confidential helpline for men  experiencing domestic violence and abuse




Royal Medical Benevolent Fund (RMBF)

Depending on individual needs and circumstances, RMBF is able to provide grants, loans, information, advice, clothes parcels and payments to assist with domestic and financial crises or help with childcare and other costs.


Royal Medical Foundation

The Royal Medical Foundation, a medical benevolent charity assists UK medical practitioners and their dependents who find themselves in financial hardship.


The Cameron Fund

The Fund is a charity for doctors who are, or have been, general practitioners, and for their dependents.  It offers help in times of poverty, hardship, or distress.  The Fund aims to meet the needs of its beneficiaries in the fullest and most practical ways possible.





Health Careers

Provides information about a career in health, how the health sector is structured and specific information about careers in the NHS, Medicine and Public Health


Medical Forum

The Medical Forum provides career guidance programme for those who are thinking about a change in career direction.





 Page updated 20 October 2017