Wellbeing for health professionals

Doctors face the extremes of human emotion day after day, while staffing issues and rota gaps mean they are under intense pressure. In order to manage their workload and personal lives, doctors must learn to look after themselves too. In this section, we offer some practical advice, real life experiences and guidance to help support you while you work.


As a healthcare professional, the COVID-19 outbreak is likely to add to your workload and heighten stress levels. We encourage you to try and look after yourself during this uncertain and busy time.

Our COVID-19 hub includes guidance for paediatric services and staffing/rotas, with some tips on resilience and wellbeing, as well as on trainee progression in this period.

Latest news

Dr Bov Jani, Consultant Paediatrician and RCPCH Officer for Professional Development, talks about some initiatives to improve the wellbeing of health professionals and the factors impacting on the success of these.
How can you think about your own health when working shifts and nights? Dr Mike Farquhar, consultant in sleep medicine, explores the importance of sleep on healthcare professionals.
We're here to support you throughout your career - from advice for new trainees to stepping up as a new consultant to our careers service, plus tips on coping with stress.

For more about wellbeing, take a look at the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges support for doctors, BMA's work life support and GMC's support resources.

We've also compiled further external resources for health, wellbeing and other referral sites for doctors in need.