Mental Health Support Services for Doctors
Author: Ellie Nash, GP Trainee & Wellbeing Fellow
Doctors frequently prioritise patient care over their own health and wellbeing.
Talking through problems and gaining support during difficulties or stressful periods may help reduce the impact and sense of isolation that can occur, and help identify a solution
A free and confidential NHS service for any registered medical practitioner living or working within the London Deanery (inside the M25) with issues that may relate to a mental or physical health concerns or addiction problems, particularly where these might be affecting work. Experienced GPs and mental health workers, with expertise in treating health professionals, run the service.
All new referrals are assessed within 48 hours. It is a self-referral service. Appointments can be arranged through the PHP website.
Or calling: 020 3049 4505
Occupational Mental Health Service (PHP HEE London)
A short-term interventions service for doctors requiring help with mental health or addiction difficulties, with onward referrals to longer-term therapies if it is required.
It is a strictly confidential service available for all doctors with a current London training number. All new referrals are assessed within 48 hours. It is self-referral service, either by
Phone: 020 3049 4505
Professional Support Unit London
Provides help for the professional development of clinicians within London, throughout all stages of their career. Available resources include:
- Careers advice
- Coaching and mentoring
- Individual support team
- Communication skills assistance
All the services are only available by self-referral. Further information can be found on their website
Phone: 0207 866 3271
The BMA and the Royal Medical Benevolent Fund have joined forces to provide psychotherapy services.
DocHealth, based at BMA house in London, is a new confidential, non-for-profit service for doctors throughout the UK. Run by ex-Mednet psychotherapists, they offer up to 6 face-to-face sessions with signposting if longer term support is required. The service is exclusively self-referral and fees are based on a sliding scale in relation to the grade of the doctor and their personal financial circumstances.
The service is a pilot project with the objective to develop regional hubs if successful.
Telephone: 020 7383 6533 (confidential direct line)
BMA Counselling Service and Doctors Advisory Service
Help, personal support or counselling from trained telephone counsellor.
Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
Peer support from a trained Doctor-Advisor for doctors in distress or difficulty.
All calls are confidential.
Call 08459 200 169 (landline: 01455 254 189)
A support society for doctors and dentists who are recovering, or wish to recover, from addiction/dependency on alcohol or other drugs. The confidentially of all group members is strictly retained.
A support group for doctors with disabilities.
Aims to provide support and assistance for medical professionals facing suspension, exclusion, investigation of complaints and/or allegations of professional misconduct
An independent, confidential and friendly self-help group for doctors who have experienced mental distress or mental health problems.
Confidential support service for doctors concerned about their use of drugs or alcohol. Telephone advice line 24hours a day and is available to friends, family and colleagues as well as an individual requiring support.
0370 444 5163
Resilient GP is an indepedent organisation set up to support GPs in developing working practices designed to prevent burn out and to support a highly effective primary care service that works well both for the doctors and the needs of patients.
Psychiatrists’ Support Service; Royal College of Psychiatrists
A free, confidential support and advice service for members, trainee members and associates of the Royal College of Psychiatrists who find themselves in difficulty or in need of support personally or professionally. It is a dedicated phone helpline, where calls are kept separate from the main College phone line.
Phone: 020 7245 0412
For obstetricians and gynaecologists who are experiencing difficulties in relation to their work. Mentors are Fellows or Members of the College who have had mentoring training.
Phone: 020 7772 6369
A confidential telephone line as a point of personal contact between surgeons, which is intended to offer a listening ear and act as an informed signpost to appropriate sources of advice and support.
Phone: 020 7869 6030