Other Confidential Help for Doctors

NHS England - Practitioner Health

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A confidential service for doctors and dentists in England, providing access to mental health support to those who are suffering from mental ill-health, in particular where this condition might affect work.

For 24/7 support in a crisis text NHSPH to 85258

Call 0300 0303 300 (8am-8pm Monday-Friday, 8am-2pm Saturday)

Email: prac.health@nhs.net

Web: https://www.practitionerhealth.nhs.uk/

Health for Health Professionals Wales

A confidential counselling service for all doctors in Wales. It provides doctors with access to an accredited therapist in their area, funded by the Welsh Government and administered by Cardiff University.

Call 0800 058 2738 (between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday)

Web: http://www.hhpwales.co.uk/

The Primary Care Support Service Wales

A direct access, confidential counselling, support and educational service for GPs working in Wales.

Call 01248 675899

Email: pcssinformation@wales.nhs.uk

Web: http://www.wales.nhs.uk/sites3/home.cfm?orgid=558

Northern Ireland: Health & Social Care Board

There are no dedicated HSCB supportive resources for doctors although individual trusts do offer Occupational Health facilities. GPs can self-refer or a formal referral can be made to the Occupational Health Service from the HSCB. Occupational Health can then initiate further help/support as appropriate.

Call 0300 555 0115

Web: http://www.hscboard.hscni.net/contacts/

NHS Education for Scotland

Support for GPs in their return to work, via the Induction and Returners Scheme and for those GPs who want to maintain their skills whilst unable to commit to full time practice on the GP Retainer Scheme, including GP stories from doctors who have entered the programmes.

Call 0131 656 3200

Email: gpcareersadvice@nes.scot.nhs.uk

Web: https://www.scotlanddeanery.nhs.scot/your-development/gp-induction-and-returner-programmes/scotland-gp-returner-programme/

NHS Practitioner Health Programme London

A free, confidential service for doctors who have mental or physical health concerns and or addiction problems, in particular where this may affect work. The service covers all doctors and dentists living in the London area. There are currently no arrangements for other parts of the UK, but the service accepts referrals on a cost per case basis.

Call 0203 049 4505

Email: england.phpadmin@nhs.net

Web: http://php.nhs.uk/

Occupational Mental Health service or PHP HEE London

Provides doctors working in the London Deanery area with emotional support and access to brief or longer term psychotherapy for help with a range of issues including addiction.

Call 020 30494505

Email: england.phpadmin@nhs.net

Web: http://www.lpmde.ac.uk/professional-development/php-hee

BMA Wellbeing Support Services

Help with issues such as: stress and anxiety, bullying, bereavment, relationship issues, alcohol or substance abuse, depression and isolation. Helpline staffed by professional telephone counsellors who are all members of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and bound by strict codes of confidentiality and ethical practice.  By seeking constructive and supportive help from the service, you may identify ways of addressing the root causes of your problem, develop strategies to reduce the impact of the consequences and rebuild your self-confidence.

This peer support service runs alongside BMA Counselling giving doctors and medical students in distress or difficulty the choice of speaking in confidence to another doctor. BMA Wellbeing Support Services do not provide diagnoses or treatment, although inevitably any interaction will have a therapeutic aspect.

Call 0330 123 1245 (24 hours a day, 7 days a week)

Email: wellbeingsupport@bma.org.uk

Web: https://www.bma.org.uk/wellbeingsupport


An independent law firm established by the British Medical Association, offering expert, cost effective legal advice. Advice about work, such as partnership issues and personal issues, such as divorce.  Unlike other law firms we operate on a not-for-profit basis – reinvesting any surpluses back into services for doctors.

Call 0300 123 2014

Email: info@bmalaw.co.uk

Web: http://www.bmalaw.co.uk/

DocHealth (All Doctors)

A service supported by the BMA and RMBF, is a confidential psychotherapeutic consultation service for all doctors, which gives doctors an opportunity to explore difficulties, both professional and personal. This pilot service is delivered by consultant medical psychotherapists. Although located in London the service is open to all doctors in the UK. For doctors living a considerable distance from London we are able to offer, after the initial face-to-face consultation, further consultations by skype.

Call 07383 6533 (confidential direct line)

Email: enquiries@dochealth.org.uk

Web: http://www.dochealth.org.uk/

Doctor Support Service (All Doctors)

Any doctor where a complaint has been made to the GMC, can ask for support from the Doctor Support Service, which offers emotional help from fellow doctors and functions independently of the GMC. Support is available from when a complaint is made until the outcome of the case. Doctors unable to talk with family or supportive colleagues may find the service particularly useful.

Call 020 7383 6707 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm)

Email: doctorsupportservice@bma.org.uk

Web: https://www.bma.org.uk/advice/work-life-support/your-wellbeing/doctor-support-service

General Medical Council

Having taken the wellbeing of doctors extremely seriously, particularly those with health concerns, the GMC has developed proposals which it hopes will reduce the inevitable stress on a doctor undergoing investigation.

Online resource includes:

A guide for Doctors referred to the GMC

Health Assessments for Doctors under investigation - what to expect

Your Health Matters – a downloadable guide for doctors with health concerns

Web: http://www.gmc-uk.org/concerns/doctors_health_concerns.asp

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.

Aims to offer hope to affected colleagues and persuade them that they have an illness which can be treated successfully and to assist them in accessing such treatment

Call 0370 444 5163 (24 hours)

Email: help@sick-doctors-trust.co.uk

Web: http://sick-doctors-trust.co.uk/

The British Doctors and Dentists Group

The British Doctors’ and Dentists' Group, formed in 1973, is a mutual support society for doctors and dentists who are recovering, or wish to recover, from addiction/dependency on alcohol or other drugs.

Call 07825 107 970

Email: bddg@btinternet.com

Web: http://www.bddg.org

Doctors' Support Network

A fully confidential, friendly, self-help group for doctors and medical students with mental health concerns.

Email: info@dsn.org.uk

Web: http://www.dsn.org.uk/

Hope 4 Medics

A support group for doctors with disabilities.

Email: info@hope4medics.co.uk

Web: http://www.hope4medics.co.uk

Medical Defence Union (for MDU members only)

Provides expert help and advice on medico-legal and ethical matters including handling complaints, claims and GMC cases. It is staffed by a team of medico-legal advisers. 

Call 0800 716 646

Email: advisory@themdu.com

Web: https://www.themdu.com/get-mdu-support

Medical and Dental Defence Union of Scotland (for MDDUS members only)

Supports members with complaints made by patients against them or who are facing disciplinary matters from their employing trust. A highly qualified team of medical and dental professionals gives advice and guidance.

Call 0333 043 4444

Email: advice@mddus.com

Web: http://www.mddus.com/advice-support/

Medical Protection Society (for MPS members only)

Provides comprehensive professional indemnity and expert advice to doctors, dentists and health professionals around the world.

Call 0800 561 9090 (freephone) 0113 241 0200 (local)

Email: querydoc@medicalprotection.org

Web: http://www.medicalprotection.org


The only organisation in the UK that unites and represents LGBT doctors from all over the UK.  Membership to anyone who supports the values and constitution that GLADD stands for.

Web: https://www.gladd.co.uk/

GP Guardian

An initiative set up by Primary Care People, a leading recruiter of medical professionals in the UK. The project has been launched as a not-for-profit organisation with the primary focus of supporting “distressed” GPs, including those with GMC sanctions and those who cannot get indemnified through one of the MDOs.

Primary Care People are aiming to arrange indemnity cover, as well as providing the ongoing training and support required in order to aid a return to practice and retain work once there.

Call 0203 553 1570

Email: work@primarycarepeople.co.uk

Web: https://primarycarepeople.co.uk/gp-guardian/

Medical Women’s Federation

The largest organisation of women doctors in the UK welcomes women from all specialties and backgrounds at every stage of their medical career. Networking, support and advice.

Call 020 7387 7765

Email: admin.mwf@btconnect.com 

Web: http://www.medicalwomensfederation.org.uk/

Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP)

GP wellbeing, help and support for RCGP Members.

Web: http://www.rcgp.org.uk/membership/membership-benefits/gp-wellbeing.aspx

Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists

Information for doctors in difficulty, such as personal or health problems, difficult working relationships or problems with a certain part of their training programme or clinical practice.

Call 020 7772 6369

Email: cdhillon@rcog.org.uk

Web: https://www.rcog.org.uk/en/careers-training/workplace-workforce-issues/support-for-doctors-in-difficulty/

Psychiatrists' Support Service, Royal College of Psychiatrists

A confidential support and advice telephone helpline to for Members or Associates of the College.  It covers addictions, bullying and harassment, career pathway, discrimination, examinations, involvement with the General Medical Council or the National Clinical Assessment Service.

Call 0207 245 0412 (for the Psychiatrists' Support Service Manager)

Email: psychiatristssupportservice@rcpsych.ac.uk

Web: http://www.rcpsych.ac.uk/workinpsychiatry/psychiatristssupportservice.aspx

Royal College of Surgeons Confidential Support and Advice Services for Surgeons (CSAS)

Offers a confidential telephone line as a point of personal contact between surgeons which is intended to offer a listening ear and will act as an informed signpost to appropriate sources of advice and support.

Call 020 7869 6030

Email: csas@rcseng.ac.uk

Web: http://www.rcseng.ac.uk/


A comprehensive online physician health and wellness resource.

Web: http://ephysicianhealth.com/

The Royal College of Psychiatrists mental health page

An excellent source of information; from fact sheets on specific mental health issues, and supporting someone with a mental health condition to training to become a mental health professional.

Web: http://www.rcpsych.ac.uk/mentalhealthinformation.aspx