This site is intended for health professionals only

Sources of help for burnout


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

BMA Useful links for doctors in difficulty

Your local LMC

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

Your Local Education and Training Board (LETB):

Your GP dean/local deanery:


Doctors’ Support Network: 0844 395 3010

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

National Clinical Assessment Service

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

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

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

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

GMC’s Your Health Matters: 0161 923 6602

The Samaritans: 08457 90 90 90

Open Minds Alliance

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

Free from Apple Store


Career development

BMA/BMJ Learning: Taking a career break

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

Medical Forum




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.

T Kemple. Taking a sabbatical in general practice. BMJ 1998.

American Medical Association. Physician’s Guide to Personal Health Programme. 2010.

American Medical Association. Practical Steps for Resilience. 2010.