Support for GPs

Organisations clinicians may contact for help and support

GP Health Service

A world-first nationally funded service for GPs and GP trainees suffering mental ill-health and addiction, which has been set up since January 2017. The NHS GP Health Service provides free, confidential specialist mental health support for a range of conditions including:

  • Common and more complex mental health conditions
  • Mental health conditions relating to physical health
  • Substance misuse including support for community detoxification
  • Rehabilitation and support to return to work after a period of mental ill-health.

The service is self-referral only. This service will not accept referrals from third parties.

The service may be able to provide advice to third parties to effectively signpost GPs to self-refer, but the service will not approach GPs direct to help them access the service.

Tel: 0300 0303 300

Web: www.england.nhs.uk/gphealthservice
Email: gp.health@nhs.net

The opening hours are 8.00-20.00 weekdays and 8.00-14.00 Saturdays (except bank holidays)

Local Medical Committees (LMCs)

Professional organisations supporting and informing General Practitioners.

Surrey and Sussex LMCs -Tel: 01372 389270 – Website: www.sslmcs.co.uk

Kent LMC – Tel: 01622 851197 – Website: www.kentlmc.org

Royal Medical Benevolent Fund

The RMBF was set up by doctors to help colleagues and their dependants in need. Support available ranges from specialist information and advice to financial assistance.

Tel: 020 8540 9194

Website: www.rmbf.org

Royal Medical Foundation

The Foundation provides financial and other assistance to doctors and their dependants.

Tel: 01372 821 010

Website: www.royalmedicalfoundation.org

BMA Counselling and Doctor Advisory Service

This is a confidential, nationwide, non-stop advice and counselling service for doctors and medical students. 24 Hours a day, 7 days a week.

Helpline tel: 0330 123 1245

Website: www.bma.org.uk/doctorsfordoctors

BMA Doctors for Doctors Service

Provides help for doctors in difficulty, especially in relation to mental health problems and misuse of alcohol and/or drugs. The unit provides a signposting service to the area of help relevant to the individual doctors.

Tel: 0330 123 1245

Website: www.bma.org.uk/doctorsfordoctors

MedNet at the Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust

MedNet provides doctors and dentists who are working within the London and KSS (Kent, Surrey and Sussex) Deaneries area with practical advice about their career, emotional support should they need it, and if appropriate, access to brief or longer term psychotherapy. It operates on the basis of strict confidentiality.

Tel: 020 8938 2411

Website: www.tavistockandportman.nhs.uk/care-and-treatment

BMA Charities Trust Fund

The BMA Charities are two registered charities that can help all doctors (not just members) and their dependants, and medical students in times of financial crisis.

Members with queries Tel: 0300 123 1233 between 08.30 and 18.00 Monday to Friday, excluding UK Bank Holidays.

Website: http://www.bma.org.uk/about-the-bma/what-we-do/bma-charities

Support 4 Doctors

This service provides information and advice for doctors in the UK including mental and physical health, practical help, financial help, career advice and training information.

Tel: 020 8540 9194

Website: www.support4doctors.org

British International Doctors’ Association

The British International Doctors’ Association (BIDA) was established in the United Kingdom with the sole objective of promoting equality and fairness for all doctors and dentists working in the UK. BIDA’s mission is to achieve equal treatment of all doctors and dentists based on their competence and merit irrespective of race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, country of origin or school of graduation.

Tel: 0161 456 7828

Website: www.bidaonline.co.uk

Email: bida@btconnect.com

The Cameron Fund

This charity supports doctors and their families in times of poverty, hardship and distress.

Tel: 020 7388 0796

Website: www.cameronfund.org.uk

Email: info@cameronfund.org.uk

The Medical Council on Alcohol

This is a charity providing education for medical students on alcohol related health issues. Its focus is concerned with the effects of alcoholic excess on health, and as such, seeks to ensure that medical students are suitably aware of the risks associated with alcohol both on their patients, practice and their own health.

Tel: 0207 487 4445

Website: www.m-c-a.org.uk

Email: info@m-c-a.org.uk

Doctors Support Group

The Doctors Support Group (DSG) aims to provide support and assistance to any medical professional or dentist facing suspension, exclusion, investigation of complaints and/or allegations of professional misconduct.

Website: http://doctorssupportgroup.com

Doctors’ Support Network

This network aims to provide support, reduce stigma, and campaign for better services for doctors with a range of mental health problems. “As doctors we are used to supporting patients’ health and wellbeing, but we often neglect our own. Doctors have among the highest rate of mental health problems of any profession, but often feel isolated and unsupported.”

Website: www.dsn.org.uk

Email: info@dsn.ork.uk

Or alternatively, complete online form confidentially.

HEKSS – Health Education Kent Surrey and Sussex (formerly The Deanery)

“To enhance the quality of healthcare, by continually improving the management and provision of supportive, quality assured, education and development of doctors and dentists and, where appropriate, the wider workforce.”

Tel: 020 7415 3400 or 01444 448656

Website: www.kssdeanery.ac.uk/people

The British Doctors’ and Dentists’ Group

This is a mutual support society for doctors and dentists who are recovering, or wish to recover, from addiction to or dependency on alcohol or other drugs. It provides venues to meet for confidential, mutual support and encouragement.

Tel: 07825 107970

Website: www.bddg.org

Email: bddg@btinternet.com

The Sick Doctors Trust

This is a wholly independent and confidential organisation which offers support and help to doctors and medical students suffering any degree of dependence on drugs or alcohol. It offers early intervention and treatment for doctors addicted to alcohol or other drugs and helps with the recovery and rehabilitation of affected doctors and their families

Helpline Number: 0370 444 5163 (24 hrs)

Website: www.sick-doctors-trust.co.uk

NHS Practitioner Health Programme

The Practitioner Health Programme (PHP) is a confidential, NHS treatment service for doctors and dentists who are unable to access confidential care through mainstream NHS routes due to the nature of their role and/or health condition. PHP is a free confidential service for doctors and dentists who have mental and/or physical health concerns and/or addiction problems and who live in the London area. There is provision for referrals outside London.

Tel: 020 3049 4505

Website: www.php.nhs.uk

Alcoholics Anonymous UK

Tel: 0800 917 7650

Website: www.alcoholics-anonymous.org.uk

Email: help@alcoholics-anonymous.org.uk

Narcotics Anonymous UK

Helpline Tel: 0300 999 1212 – 10am to midnight

Website: www.ukna.org

Samaritans

The Samaritans provides confidential non-judgemental emotional support, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year for people who are experiencing feelings of distress or despair, including those which could lead to suicide.

FREEPHONE: 116 123 (for callers in UK and Republic of Ireland)

Website: www.samaritans.org

Email: jo@samaritans.org