Doctors in Difficulty

Occasionally learners might find themselves in difficulty, due to ill health or other reasons. We are all here to help and depending on the type of difficulties you find yourself in, you may want to consider discussing these issues with your Educational Supervisor, one or all of the Programme Directors and/or your Clinical Supervisor. Please refer to the —Gold Guide— for guidance with regard to particular scenarios.

As a trainer, having a trainee needing additional support can be very stressful.  It is always adviseable to discuss any concerns you have with a programme director – our contact details are on the contacts page.  We will usually respond to urgent emails at times of the week other than a Tuesday. 

Sources of support and help

The Oxford Deanery Professional Support Unit (PSU) has been established to provide comprehensive careers and performance support for all doctors and dentists in primary and secondary care. The careers service provides local specialty information and career management skills workshops for the Oxford Foundation School. It also provides personal career guidance for those with a career dilemma, including those with health or disability problems. The performance service provides confidential personal coaching for doctors or dentists who self-refer. More information can be found at http://www.oxforddeanerycdu.org.uk

There are a variety of resources available for doctors in need of support, it might be worth considering one of these services as well. Depending on your membership status you may be able to access counselling via the British Medical Association (BMA http://www.bma.org.uk): The BMA Counselling Service is staffed by professional telephone counsellors, 24-hours a day, seven days a week. All counsellors are members of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and are bound by strict codes of confidentiality and ethical practice. Counselling can be helpful in addressing the root causes of your problems and reducing the impact of their consequences.

  • Doctors for Doctors runs alongside the BMA Counselling Service giving doctors and medical students in distress or difficulty the choice of speaking in confidence to another doctor.  Additional sources of support:
  • Dovedale Counselling– provides support to Oxford and Berks GPs their famililes
  • For those with health problems it is important to access advice from your own GP and from an occupational health deparement.  Those working within the Royal Berkshire trus can access this through Occupational health department – Royal Berkshire Hospital.  Those in GP posts can access occupational health input through the PSU

Don’t forget that your Educational Supervisor and Programme Directors are an important source of help and can signpost you to other resources or refer you on to the professional development unit and/or occupational health departments.