We are pleased to announce that DocHealth, the confidential psychotherapeutic support service for doctors jointly run by the RMBF and the BMA, has now helped over 1,000 doctors.

Launched in 2016, the self-referral service offers doctors support for a wide range of professional and personal issues, and can help with mental health difficulties including anxiety, depression and burnout. Delivered by Consultant Medical Psychotherapists, the sessions also offer expert signposting to longer term support, and liaison with other health services where needed. All consultation sessions are currently delivered remotely.

RMBF Chief Executive, Steve Crone, said: “Even before the pandemic, doctors in this country faced high levels of work pressure, which often put a great strain on their personal lives and their mental health. When the RMBF and the BMA launched DocHealth in 2016, it was immediately apparent just how much this service could benefit the medical profession. The rise in numbers seeking help during the Covid-19 pandemic only serves to underline its importance.

“We’re very proud of DocHealth’s success. One of its greatest benefits is accessibility – the self-referral model helps doctors overcome the stigma of asking for help. We look forward to continuing our work with the BMA to deliver this vital source of support.”

The service has been successful in reaching doctors who are facing mental health difficulties, with more than half the doctors referring to the service experiencing significant depression. Over 80% had significant anxiety, and a similar proportion faced high or very high risk of burnout. Over 90% of doctors surveyed said they would recommend DocHealth to others.

Doctors can find out more and access support via the DocHealth website.