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Sources of help for burnout

As an accompaniment to his article, ‘Five steps to tackle burnout’, Dr Chris Hewitt recommends key people, online/phone resources and recommended reading

People

Your family and friends

Other professionals and colleagues

Your GP

Your local Occupational Health Service

Your LMC Medical Officer/medical secretary/local rep

Your Responsible Officer - he or she is likely to be very sympathetic (especially if you contact them sooner rather than later)

Your local GP Dean at your Local Educational Training Board/Deanery

Your appraiser

A mentor or life coach

A careers coach

A travel agent

 

Online/telephone resources

General help and support

BMA Doctors for Doctors and counselling: 08459 200 169

http://www.bma.org.uk/practical-support-at-work/doctors-well-being/about-doctors-for-doctors

BMA Useful links for doctors in difficulty

http://www.bma.org.uk/practical-support-at-work/doctors-well-being/websites-for-doctors-in-difficulty#counselling

Your local LMC

http://www.bma.org.uk/about-the-bma/how-we-work/local-representation/local-medical-committees

Local RCGP faculty support or access to doctors with Health for Healthcare Certificate:

http://www.rcgp.org.uk/rcgp-near-you.aspx

Your Local Education and Training Board (LETB):

http://www.hee.nhs.uk/about/our-letbs

Your GP dean/local deanery:

http://www.bma.org.uk/developing-your-career/specialty-training/find-your-deanery

Mindtools:

http://www.mindtools.com/stress/Brn/IntroPage.htm

Doctors’ Support Network: 0844 395 3010

http://www.dsn.org.uk

Help for Health Professionals (a RCGP, RCP, Cardiff University and Faculty of Occupational Medicine resource)

http://www.h4hp.co.uk

National Clinical Assessment Service

http://www.ncas.nhs.uk

Practitioner Health Programme (covers doctors and dentists in London SHA only): 020 3049 4505

http://www.php.nhs.uk

Sick Doctors Trust (for addiction problems): 0370 444 5163

http://www.sick-doctors-trust.co.uk

The Society of Relief of Widows and Orphans of Medical Men (support for medical practitioners and/or dependants in severe financial hardship): 01837 83022

http://www.widowsandorphans.org.uk

British Doctors’ and Dentists’ Group (for recovery from addiction to or dependency on alcohol or other drugs): 0779 2819 966

http://www.bddg.org

GMC’s Your Health Matters: 0161 923 6602

http://www.gmc-uk.org/concerns/doctors_health_concerns.asp

The Samaritans: 08457 90 90 90

http://www.samaritans.org

Open Minds Alliance

http://www.connectingwithpeople.org

The ‘Skill Pill AR’ and ‘Skill Pill Plus’ apps

Free from Apple Store

 

Career development

BMA/BMJ Learning: Taking a career break

http://www.bma.org.uk/developing-your-career/taking-a-career-break

http://learning.bmj.com/learning/module-intro/medical_career_break.html?moduleId=10042377

BMJ Careers Fair website (includes information on sabbaticals, working abroad, defence forces, Medical Defence organisations):

http://careersfair.bmj.com/en/1/national.html

Medical Forum

http://www.medicalforum.com

Mindtools

http://www.mindtools.com/stress/pj/JobAnalysis2.htm

http://www.mindtools.com/stress/pj/CareerPlanning.htm

 

Reading

Banishing Burnout: six strategies for improving your relationship with work

M Leiter and C Maslach, 2008

ISBN 978-0-470-44877-9

The Stress of Medical Practice

David Rainham, 2009

Available as an e-book from Dr Rainham’s website.

The Resilient Practitioner

TM Skovholt and M Trotter-Mathison, 2011

ISBN 978-0-415-98939-8

The Resilient Clinician

RJ Wicks, 2008

ISBN 978-0-19-531697-1

The Fatigue Prescription

LH Clever, 2010

ISBN 978-1-57344-380-7

Heal Thyself

S Santorelli, 1999

ISBN 978-0-609-80504-6

The Joy of Burnout

D Glouberman, 2002

ISBN 978-0-9555456-0-3

Survival Skills for GPs

R Chambers, 1999

ISBN 1-85775-334-8

Transitions: Making Sense of Life’s Changes

W Bridges, 2004

ISBN 978-0-7382-0904

Intelligent Kindness - reforming the culture of healthcare

J Ballatt and P Campling, 2011

ISBN 978-1-908020-04-8

How Doctors Think

J Groopman, 2007

ISBN 978-0-618-61003-7

Kill as Few Patients as Possible

O London, 1997

ISBN 978-0-89815-197-8

Mindfulness: A practical guide to finding peace in a frantic world

M Williams and D Penman, 2011

ISBN 978-0749953089

A Iverson, B Rushforth and K Forrest. The Competent Novice: How to handle stress and look after your mental health. BMJ 2009. http://www.bmj.com/content/338/bmj.b1368.extract

T Kemple. Taking a sabbatical in general practice. BMJ 1998. http://www.bmj.com/content/316/7127/S2-7127?variant=full-text

American Medical Association. Physician’s Guide to Personal Health Programme. 2010. http://tinyurl.com/dyyfsgl

American Medical Association. Practical Steps for Resilience. 2010. http://tinyurl.com/brqje5p

Readers' comments (2)

  • I've just been told I can't take a sabbatical, so I either have to leave or go off sick.
    How sensible is that?
    I can't do this any more

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  • 'Can't take a sabbatical' - have you asked your local LMC for help?
    Best wishes
    Chris Hewitt

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