Need to talk to someone about a welfare issue?
Use one of the links below:
Your Academic & Welfare officers are Ronak and Isabelle.
Contact us via our contacts page or find us around the clinical school.
You can create an e-mail account at Hushmail if you want to e-mail the welfare team anonymously and confidentially.
No problem is too small.
The Pastoral Advisor Scheme is designed to provide an extra level of advice and support for clinical students. You will be allocated a Pastoral Advisor, who will be a senior clinician who does not hold a formal teaching role.
They will be available to provide confidential advice, guidance and support at any point during your clinical training.
Dr Richard Davies had this to say:
I am both a Cambridge GP and Associate Dean for student welfare. My role is to organise and co-ordinate effective pastoral support and student welfare services for clinical students, and also to provide advice to individual students with concerns about any aspect of student welfare. I am very happy to be contacted at any time by students with questions or concerns about themselves or any of their colleagues. I can be contacted by email (rgd25), or you can arrange an appointment to see me by talking to Sue Eason, Personal Assistant to the Clinical Dean. I will also often be in the Associate Deanís office in the Clinical School on a Thursday morning if you just want to drop in.
This is a new Mental Health Service which has been commissioned by the Clinical School for Clinical Medical Students. The service provides confidential access to a Psychiatrist, and where appropriate a Psychologist, for any Clinical Student with a mental health problem requiring specialist advice. Referral is made from a studentís GP (usually in association with the University Occupational Health Service).
This is the Gay and Lesbian Association of Doctors and Dentists - this is a link to the GLADD website: http://www.gladd.co.uk/.
The same support you had as an undergraduate is still in place, including the following:
This is a confidential, nationwide, non-stop advice and counselling for doctors and medical students.
Talk through any issues which may be worrying you in total privacy, confident that you are getting the best possible support.
They also have a good list of external websites where you may find help.
The General Medical Council and the Medical Schools Council have launched new guidance to help medical schools provide advice and support to students who are experiencing mental health difficulties. The guidance has been developed in response to requests from medical schools for more advice and support on this subject.
A copy of the guidance can be found here.
Another good resource specifically for doctors and medical students, from Medical Careers, can be found here.