Wanted: BMA peer support service volunteers to help support those in need

Doctors who want to support the health service by caring for colleagues in need are being urged to sign up to the BMA peer support service

This is an edited version of an article that first published by the BMA.

The BMA peer support service is looking to recruit two volunteers to provide confidential, emotional support and guidance to doctors and medical students through its dedicated phone service. It is available to all doctors and medical students.

Those taking on the role would be required to attend training meetings held three times a year, with support staff taking around one new case per month.

While not positioned to provide medical diagnosis or treatment, volunteers working for the peer support service will offer listening and emotional support and, where necessary, can provide direct contacts to further sources of assistance.

Those applying to the role must be GMC registered, with or without licence to practise, have a good knowledge of the NHS and have excellent communication skills.

Applications should be received by 21 October and interviews will be held in London the week commencing 11 November.

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