BSH's Early Career Forum was convened in 2021 to implement new nonclinical membership benefits to support those at the start of their careers. They represent the multidisciplinary team, including physician associates, nurses, and scientists.

As part of this initiative, they have compiled a list of helpful resources to support you in your career, especially if you're in the early stages.

We hope they will aid you in developing your career and soft skills and managing your mental health and wellbeing.

We encourage you to bookmark this page and check back regularly for updates and additions. If you would like us to add any resources, please email [email protected].

Education and career support
NHS Practitioner Health - Health Education England

Health Education England offers support to trainees and doctors of any grade via 13 regional boards.

The support includes:

  • training workshops
  • career advice, coaching and mentoring
  • exam preparation
  • occupational health and counselling services
  • communications skills and language support
Health Education England - Professional support resources

Health Education England (HEE) offer professional support resources usually coordinated through a Professional Support Unit (PSU) or Professional Support and Wellbeing Unit (PSWU). These units cover all of HEE's regions.

Health and wellbeing
NHS mental health helpline (England and Wales)

The NHS mental health helpline is a confidential helpline run by Samaritans to support healthcare staff with mental wellbeing.

Trained advisers can help you with signposting and confidential listening.

England: 0800 069 6222
Wales: 0800 484 0555
Text: FRONTLINE to 85258

The phone line is open 7am - 11pm, seven days a week, while the text service is 24/7.

NHS bereavement support line

The NHS bereavement support line for healthcare workers is operated by Hospice UK.

It is a confidential service to support you with bereavement and wellbeing issues relating to loss experienced through your work.

National: 0300 303 4434

Open 8am - 8pm, seven days a week.

NHS mental health and wellbeing hubs (England)

NHS mental health and wellbeing hubs provide health and social care staff working in England rapid access to assessment and local evidence-based mental health services and support where needed.

Support is confidential and free of charge.

Supporting our NHS people (England)

NHS England’s Supporting our NHS people webpage provides information about and links to support available to NHS staff, the health and wellbeing programmes in place, and a selection of how-to guides.

NHS Practitioner Health (England)

NHS Practitioner Health is a primary care-led mental health assessment and treatment service established to care for NHS professionals. They provide services to practitioners in England.

Looking after you too (England)

NHS England offers individual coaching for all staff working in the delivery of primary care services, specifically those employed by the NHS or working with an NHS funded employer delivering an NHS funded primary care contract.

A skilled and experienced coach will work with you to discuss any area of your wellbeing you would like to address. They will listen, ask questions and support you to develop practical strategies to cope with your situation and stay well.

The initial session lasts up to 45 minutes, delivered virtually, either by video or telephone, and further sessions may take place depending upon the initial conversation between you and the coach.

Association of Christian Counsellors (ACC) - NHS Covid-19 Staff Counselling Service (England)

The Association of Christian Counsellors (ACC) offers an NHS Covid-19 staff counselling service.

It is an inclusive service, welcoming and open to people of all religions, cultures, ethnicities, sexualities, gender and gender expressions, age, disabilities, etc.

They offer up to eight sessions of counselling from qualified counsellors on a no-fee basis via video or telephone.

NHS support line for Filipino staff (England)

A team of fully qualified and trained professionals – all of whom are Tagalog speakers – are available to help NHS staff on the NHS Support Line for Filipino Staff.

The support line is available for when you’ve had a tough time, are feeling worried or overwhelmed, or maybe you have a lot on your mind and need to talk it through. Tagalog speaking specialist counsellors and support workers are available for confidential discussions about any anxiety or emotional issues you may be experiencing, a bereavement, or if your wellbeing has been affected by witnessing trauma as part of your work.

You can book a consultation by calling 0300 303 1115 between 8am and 8pm, seven days a week. The assistance is available from anywhere in the country and is provided by Hospice UK.

BMA wellbeing support services directory

The British Medical Association (BMA) have an extensive wellbeing support services directory.


Mind provide advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem.



Unmind is a workplace mental health platform that empowers you to proactively measure, understand and improve your mental wellbeing.

Using scientifically-backed assessments, tools and training, you can measure and manage your personal mental health needs, including digital programmes designed to help with stress, sleep, coping, connection, fulfilment and nutrition.

Unmind is offering free access to NHS staff until 31 December 2022. Sign up with your NHS email address to take advantage of this offer.


Headspace is a science-backed app for mindfulness and meditation, providing unique tools and resources to help reduce stress, build resilience, and aid better sleep.

They are offering free access to all NHS staff until 31 December 2022. Sign up with your NHS email address to take advantage of this offer.

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