Caring for the mental health of the medical workforce

British Medical Association, April 2019

This report provides a summary of findings from a large-scale survey into the mental health of doctors and medical students. The survey, which was open to BMA members and non-members across the UK received over 4,300 responses. Four in ten respondents to our survey reported currently experiencing symptoms of depression, anxiety, burnout, stress, emotional distress or a mental health condition that is impacting on their work, training or study.

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What could make a difference to the mental health of UK doctors?: A review of the research evidence –

Society of Occupational Medicine, October 2018

Report that finds the incidence of mental health problems among doctors is increasing alongside the growing demands and diminishing resources experienced in the healthcare sector. GPs, trainee and junior doctors appear to be particularly vulnerable, experiencing distress and burnout early in their career.  The stigma associated with disclosing mental health problems and ‘a failure to cope’ revealed in the report mean that many doctors are reluctant to seek help as they fear sanctions and even job loss.

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Underfunded, underdoctored, overstretched: the NHS in 2016

Royal College of Physicians, September 2016

This report argues that the NHS in 2016 needs a new plan, designed to meet the UK’s health and care needs in the long term, and to value, support and motivate NHS staff. This would include an increase in the amount of funding and an increase in the number of medical students and doctors training to be hospital specialists.

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Medical Students: Professional Values and Fitness to Practice – Consultation

General Medical Council, August 2015

The General Medical Council and Medical Schools Council have launched a joint consultation on guidelines to help medical students develop into competent and compassionate doctors that meet the expectations of patients and the public.  Two pieces of guidance will replace the current Medical students: professional values and fitness to practise (2009).  These will be available in spring 2016 and expected to be implemented in medical schools from September 2016.

The consultation closes on 11 November 2015.

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Training psychiatrists in emergency and out of hours care: Report of the Emergency Psychiatry Training Taskforce

Royal College of Psychiatrists, June 2015

Core trainees have reported concerns that they are not getting enough emergency psychiatry experience to practice safely and confidently as they progress to higher training. This is a complex area that involves service reconfiguration, training and, most importantly, patient safety.

The Royal College of Psychiatrists set up the Emergency Psychiatry Training Taskforce to look at the issue in detail and to make recommendations regarding standards for emergency psychiatry training.

The Taskforce makes two sets of recommendations in this report. First, it describes a set of minimum standards for the provision of emergency psychiatry training. These are designed to ensure trainees gain experience, well-supported and supervised training out of hours. Second, it makes a number of further recommendations that aim to improve the quality of emergency psychiatry training.

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Standards for medical education and training – consultation on draft standards

General Medical Council, 28 January 2015

The GMC has launched a consultation on new standards which, for the first time, will create a single set of standards for organisations delivering medical education and training across the UK. The standards will bring together the medical education and training received by all doctors and is designed to make sure that fairness and patients’ safety, experience and quality of care lie at the core of teaching and training. The standards set out how organisations must promote and encourage a learning environment and culture that allows learners and trainers to raise concerns about patient safety, and the standard of training, without fear of adverse consequences.

The consultation closes on 24 March 2015. The new standards will update current GMC guidance in Tomorrows Doctors and The Trainee Doctor.

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