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Culture in Medicine and Healthcare

Health and Wellbeing

In personal crisis and unable to cope, text NHSPH to 85258

Download a pdf file - support information leaflet

RCGP Wellbeing Resources

Preventing Work Related Stress (talking toolkit Health and Safety Executive)

Stress affects us all at different times and in different ways. It’s important to remember that it’s not appraisers' role to diagnose stress, whatever its cause. But if a doctor is having problems, it’s important that they get help as soon as possible. This toolkit helps you to have the necessary conversation. While written for managers this toolkit helps hold initial conversations with doctors, to gather information needed to move towards preventing work- related stress.


National Guardian Freedom to Speak Up

Offers useful resources about raising concerns and provides supporting material about how to raise concerns. Perhaps particularly useful for GPs in all roles either as salaried GPs needing to raise voice about their concerns regarding patient care or partners who wish to develop structures in their partnership that improve communication and sharing of ideas and concerns about services delivered by the practice.


Local Medical Committees (LMCs)

Professional organisations supporting and informing General Practitioners.

Wessex LMCs

Tel: 023 8025 3874 - Website: www.wessexlmcs.com

Berkshire, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire LMCs

Tel: 01628 475727 - Website: www.bbolmc.co.uk

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. Improving working lives for doctors, offering confidential advice.

Tel: 0208 540 9194

Website: www.rmbf.org

https://rmbf.org/health-and-wellbeing/


Royal Medical Foundation

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

Tel: 01372 821 010

Website: www.royalmedicalfoundation.org

Email: [email protected] For financial assistance and applications

For all other enquiries Email: [email protected] Tel: 01372 821011


Support 4 Doctors – now hosted by the Royal Medical Benevolent Fund

Support 4 Doctors – now hosted by the Royal Medical Benevolent Fund

Tel: 0208 540 9194 Website: www.rmbf.org

BMA Wellbeing Support Services - Counselling | Peer Support

This is a confidential, nationwide, non-stop advice and counselling service for doctors and medical students. 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.

Helpline Tel: 0330 123 1245 Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

Email: [email protected]

Website: www.bma.org.uk/wellbeingsupport


BMA Charities Trust Fund

The BMA Charities are two registered charities which can help all doctors (not just members) in times of need.

For more information please contact Tel: 020 7383 6142

Website: https://www.bma.org.uk/about-us/who-we-are/bma-charities

Email: [email protected]


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

Email: [email protected] or complete online contact form online

Website: www.bidaonline.co.uk


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: [email protected]

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: 020 7487 4445 open Monday to Thursday 9:30am to 5:00pm.

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

Email: [email protected]

Facebook: Medical Council on Alcohol Twitter: @MCA_med


Doctors' Support Network

“Peer support for doctors and medical students with mental health concerns”

“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 complete online form confidentially. T

witter: @DocSupportNet


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.

Website: www.bddg.org on line contact form or contact Andrew M. National Secretary at

Email: [email protected]

Tel: 07904 570729


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

Email: [email protected]


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

Tel: 0800 9177 650

Website: www.alcoholics-anonymous.org.uk

Email: [email protected]


Narcotics Anonymous

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 for people who are experiencing feelings of distress or despair, including those which could lead to suicide.

Tel. 116 123 (new number) 24 hours a day, 365 days a year

Website: www.samaritans.org

Email: [email protected]


GP Health Service (GPH)

The NHS GP Health Service is a confidential NHS service for GPs and GP trainees in England. The Service can help with issues relating to a mental health concern, stress or depression, or an addiction problem, in particular where these might affect work.

“GPH is not a service for individuals with mental health problems which require specialist psychiatric input though we can help provide additional support where we can”.

GPH is provided by health professionals who have additional expertise in addressing the issues concerning doctors. These clinicians are available in various locations across England.

Tel: 0300 0303 300 8am – 8pm Monday – Friday and 8am – 2pm Saturdays

Website: http://gphealth.nhs.uk/

Email: [email protected]

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