Support for GPs' health and wellbeing
The GP Health Service
The NHS GP Health Service is a confidential NHS service for GPs and GP trainees in England.
The GP Health 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 by self-referral and is provided by health professionals specialising in mental health support to doctors. The GP Health Service is available in various locations across England including Yorkshire and the Humber.
Access the service by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 0300 0303 300, Monday - Friday 8am - 8pm and Saturday 8am - 2pm.
Please note the service is not for emergency or crisis issues. These should be directed to mainstream NHS.
If you need to talk to someone now, you can call:
- NHS 111 (freephone, open 24 hours a day) - a highly trained adviser, supported by healthcare professionals, will ask you a series of questions and immediately direct you to the best service to support your needs.
- The Connect helpline on 0808 800 1212 (free phone) which gives emotional support and information to people in Leeds every night of the year, 6pm-2am.
- The Samaritans on 116 123 - free phone, open 24 hours a day
NHS Practitioner Health
NHS Practitioner Health (NHSPH) is a comprehensive mental health service for all NHS doctors and dentists in England. You can get confidential advice and support, in person or over the phone, if you've faced a stressful incident at work or feel you are struggling with your mental health.
You can access support 24/7 through a dedicated phoneline and a crisis text service available through the night. The service is currently staffed by 200 experts whose training is tailored to understand the specific circumstances of clinical life.
To sign up for the NHSPH service, contact them by emailing email@example.com or calling 0300 0303 300. The line is open Monday to Friday 8am to 8pm and Saturday 8am to 2pm.
When you email or phone the service, you will be given a link to the app where you can book appointments with a clinician of your choice. After being assessed, you can continue to be seen by your lead clinician who can:
- Prescribe medication.
- Support you while off work.
- Follow up as appropriate
You will also have access to a range of individual and group therapies.
NHSPH phoneline: 0300 0303 300, open Monday to Friday 8am to 8pm and Saturday 8am to 2pm.
Out-of-hours crisis text service: 85258.
GPs can also access the following support:
BMA Wellbeing Support Services is a confidential service staffed by professional telephone counsellors 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Any doctor or medical student can receive counselling and peer support by calling 0330 123 1245. Email firstname.lastname@example.org You can choose to remain anonymous when you call. Counsellors are all members of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy.
DOCHealth is confidential, not for profit, psychotherapeutic consultation service which allows GPs to explore both professional and personal difficulities. It is open to all GPs in the UK and is supported by the British Medical Association (BMA) and the Royal Medical Benevolent Fund (RMBF). Tel 0207 383 6533.
Sick Doctors Trust provides support and help for GPs and medical students who are concerned about their use of drugs or alcohol. The Trust run a confidential helpline which is open 24 hours a day. Callers may remain anonymous and the helpline also takes calls from colleagues or members of the family of a doctor who is experiencing problems. Tel 0370 444 5163.
British Doctors and Dentists Group is a mutual support society for doctors and dentists who are recovering, or wish to recover, from addiction/dependency on alcohol or other drugs. Tel 07792 819 966.
Royal Medical Benevolent Fund is the leading UK charity for doctors, medical students and their families. It provides financial support, money advice and information when it is most needed due to age, ill health, disability or bereavement. Other services include a telephone befriending service for those who may be isolated and in need of support. Tel 0208 540 9194.
The Cameron Fund supports current and retired GPs and their families in times of financial distress, whether through ill-health, disability, death or loss of employment. Tel 020 7388 0796.
The Doctors Support Group provides support and assistance to any medical professional facing suspension, exclusion, investigation of complaints and/or allegations of professional misconduct.