Vol. 14 No. 2 (2021): A Year after the Pandemic

Culturally-tailored Peer Support for Doctors and Nurses of Indian Origin

Sunil Daga
Viju Varadarajan
British Association of Physicians of Indian Origin
Rajeev Metri
British Indian Nurses Association
Rajeev Gupta
National Forum for Health and Well-being

Published 2021-07-08


  • Peer Support,
  • Healthcare workers,
  • psychological distress,
  • Culturally tailored,
  • South Asians

How to Cite

Daga, S., Varadarajan, V., Dwaraknath, M., Hosdurga, S., Metri, R., & Gupta, R. (2021). Culturally-tailored Peer Support for Doctors and Nurses of Indian Origin . Sushruta Journal of Health Policy & Opinion, 14(2), 1–8. https://doi.org/10.38192/14.2.10


The mental health and well-being needs of healthcare workers have risen sharply, fuelled by the current COVID-19 pandemic. Migrant healthcare workers are affected not only by events in the country where they work but also by events in countries where their family and friends reside. Despite, increase in psychological distress, migrant HCWs don’t use the existing resources to support their needs.


This paper summarises discussions from the workshop focusing on reasons/barriers in uptake of mental health and well-being resources in the UK, the scope of peer support initiatives and its boundaries in supporting colleagues in the UK and India. Finally, it makes recommendations on the governance structure and checklist when organising peer support for healthcare workers. 


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