This support service is in place at Colchester Hospital for doctors who have a tough day and need the support of a fellow doctor.
Talk to Sophie has a weekday rota of doctors who will meet colleagues at the end of the day. It is an informal and voluntary service and does not replace the hospital’s current support structures (e.g team debriefs, educational supervisors) but will hopefully add to them, allowing doctors to receive informal advice when it is needed.
The ‘listener’ doctors have all been nominated by junior doctors as empathic and approachable senior colleagues. The confidential service is Monday to Friday, and meetings usually occur between 4pm and 6pm. Doctors can use switchboard to contact the listener doctors between 9am and 6pm.
Should the doctor(s) not be available, the BMA offers a very good free and confidential helpline alternative – 03301 231 245 (NB this is open to ALL doctors not just BMA members).
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