• “Work is limitless and time is limited. Our health is the freedom to live life as we choose to do so.”

In June 2019 we conducted an online survey into the current state of stress and adverse well-being amongst doctors in the UK. We received 721 responses from doctors of all grades & specialities and whilst some of the responses were surprising, many were not and gave an independant and accurate insight into the level of adverse well-being and stress amongst doctors.

  • Over 80% of respondents regularly or sometimes felt stressed at work to the extent that their mental wellbeing was impacted.
  • 97% of respondents said that they felt the NHS has a culture of viewing excessive stress and workloads as the norm.
  • The most popular method of dealing with previous stress/wellbeing issues was to seek support from family/friends’ networks followed by GP help.
  • Most respondents were aware of specialist resources and services to help them in times of need but the majority of respondents (75%) would still turn to family or friends to manage future well-being issues.

These are some of the themes found in the survey, we will be publishing the full results shortly – please keep an eye out for this to appear soon. The interim report can be found by clicking here.

In the meantime, we are looking for further opinions related to the concept of medical colleagues caring for each other. We would welcome your view and the survey link can be found here.