Bullying and harassment support resources

If you are affected by bullying or harassment, the BMA has a range of resources and support services that can help you.

Location: UK
Audience: All doctors
Updated: Friday 19 July 2024
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​As a part of our programme of work to raise awareness of workplace bullying and harassment within the NHS, we want to improve the support that doctors receive.

We provide a number of services to help and advise doctors who are experiencing bullying at work, but also to those who may have witnessed examples of bullying and wish to raise concerns.

Find out more about the services and resources available.


BMA services

BMA employment advisers

We support BMA members in a variety of ways. Often the first course of action is to get in touch with us via our Webform, giving as much detail as you are able, so that our team of advisers can triage your query and return contact with the best way to proceed.

Wellbeing support services

Our counselling service is staffed by professional telephone counsellors 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

The peer support service runs alongside counselling, giving doctors and medical students in distress or difficulty the choice of speaking in confidence to another doctor. It's confidential peer support with an emotional focus.

Find out more about our services


In Scotland

We are launching a new service for BMA members across Scotland to help you respond to these difficulties. You can access a local adviser to confidentially discuss any issues around bullying, harassment, discrimination or dignity at work.

Our trained advisers are experts at dealing with and advising on all these areas and other relationship difficulties at work. As they are local, they know your area well and can quickly get you the help you need.

So, if you think you need someone to talk to, please get in touch and get the best possible advice about how to take the first step to getting back the respect you deserve at work.

The service is entirely confidential and advisers will not act until they have discussed all your options with you and agreed a path that suits your own situation.

If you choose to email us, please provide as much information as possible.

Contact us when you are ready [email protected]


BMA resources

How to address bullying and harassment at work

We have produced practical guidance on what constitutes bullying and harassment, what to do if you are being bullied and what to do if you witness it. You can also find specific advice on sexual harassment or read about our joint report on LGBT equality in the workplace


BMJ e-learning modules

The modules below provide insight and strategies to help doctors address bullying and harassment.


Bullying and harassment posters

We have designed two posters to display in your workplace.

One highlights the issues, the extent of the problem and what the BMA is doing about bullying and harassment.

One highlights the sources of support available to BMA members.

GMC guidance