Support Services for GPs
Practitioner Health Service
(Formerly known as the GP Health Service)
Practitioner Health is a free, confidential NHS service for doctors and dentists across England with mental illness and addiction problems, who are working or looking to return to clinical practice. The service can help with issues relating to a mental health concern, including stress or depression or an addiction problem, in particular where these might affect work. The service is provided by health professionals specialising in mental health support to doctors and is available in various locations across England.
The rates of mental illness in doctors are higher than those of the general population and in addition to this, healthcare professionals face a number of barriers to accessing healthcare. Concerns about confidentiality of the service often prevent doctors accessing services through their own GP.
Guidance on how to access the service is given on the website above.
The BMA has a range of services:
- Tel: 0330 123 1245 (24hrs)
These are available to all practitioners, not just members and include support when doctors are facing GMC investigation.
The website links to other organisations who provide a range of support services including bereavement, finances, relationships, equal opportunities and counselling.
- Tel 020 7383 6142
BMA Charities is an independent charity supported by the BMA which provides financial support for doctors, medical students and doctors' dependents.
It’s main areas of activity are supporting medical students doing medicine as a further degree, and refugee doctors in all four home nations.
Doctors Support Network
Peer support for doctors and medical students experiencing mental health issues. The group has an online support forum and a presence on social media.
Support for any concerns:
- Tel: 0116 123 (24 hour availability)
- Email firstname.lastname@example.org response time within 24 hours
The website includes a wide range of resources and links to other services.
Wellbeing - The Active Faith Network
Active Faith Network is offering additional help with phone chaplaincy for those experiencing bereavement at this difficult time. A dozen ministers have offered to contact people, listen to them, offer prayer if wanted. You can refer someone by emailing their name and phone number to: email@example.com or the following phone number can be passed on 01522 370148.
The Sick Doctors Trust
Established in 1996 by a group of doctors who were themselves recovering from addictions and were concerned at the lack of effective arrangements for helping others who found themselves in difficulty as a result of alcohol or drug use.
British Doctors and Dentists Group
A recovery group for doctors and dentists addicted to drugs and or alcohol.
DOCHealth is a confidential, not for profit, psychotherapeutic consultation service for all doctors. Although located in London the service is open to all doctors in the UK. For doctors outside London we offer, after an initial face-to-face session, ongoing video consultations.
Royal Medical Benevolent Fund.
Our help ranges from financial assistance in the form of grants and loans to a telephone befriending scheme for those who may be isolated and in need of support.
The website has an excellent section on Health and Well-being, including sections on maternity issues, tax ,career options etc.
The Doctors Support Group
The Doctors Support Group (DSG) aims to provide support to any medical professional or dentist facing suspension, exclusion, investigation of complaints and/or allegations of professional misconduct:
Where the Group feels that major management decisions adversely affecting the doctor’s career have been inappropriate, disproportionate or unreasonable.
Or where the doctor is suffering from severe psychological problems that could be life threatening – whatever the causation.
The Cameron Fund
- Tel 020 7388 0796
The Cameron Fund - "The GP's own charity" - is a benevolent fund which provides support to GPs and their families in times of difficulty.
CamDocUK (Association of Cameroonian Doctors in the UK)
APPNE (Association of Pakistani Physicians of Northern Europe)
Black Medical Society
BAPIO (British Association of Physicians of Indian Origin)
Catholic Medical Association
Christian Medical Fellowship
Disabled Doctors' Network
Doctors' Support Group
GLADD (Gay & Lesbian Doctors and Dentists Association)
Jewish Medical Association
MANSAG (Medical Association of Nigerians across Great Britain)
Muslim Doctors' Association
Medical Women's Federation
Women in Surgery