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We have to remove the stigma surrounding [bad] mental health.” Medical Careers Advisers Network AGCAS recently funded a new task group to help it support the work of members offering IAG to medical students and graduates. Fiona Mc Namara of University of Edinburgh explains...AGCAS recently funded a new task group to help it support the work of members offering IAG to medical students and graduates. Fiona Mc Namara of University of Edinburgh explains... When I first started working at Edinburgh University, some two and half years ago, I was given medicine as part of my caseload.Another 25 per cent said it was neither good nor poor and 18 per cent did not express an opinion.The Department for Work and Pensions is currently investigating ways of improving the support offered by GPs.Current activities MCAN has evolved into a network for sharing experiences and good practice, and the simple reassurance of meeting and talking to others involved in similar work.
If I am making them sound like a thoroughly difficult and unpleasant group to work with, this is not really the case; I can understand their frustrations.This document emphasised the need for the introduction of a structured, professional approach to career management and by virtue of having ‘careers' in my job title - I was their woman.MCAN is formed Knowing very little about working with medics I looked to AGCAS for support - having previously worked with law students and being appreciative of the work of LCAN I presumed there would be something similar for careers advisers working with medicine.I put this question to other MCAN members in our last meeting and we all agreed that there are some differences.
My experiences of running sessions with medics, particularly the foundation trainees, is that they rock up to sessions still with their stethoscopes around their neck, bleeps on and always seem in a rush.
52 per cent of employers have never hired anyone with a history of mental illness Doctors are not doing enough to help people with mental health problems return to work, according to a survey of more than 600 employers.