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30 January 2017
GPs and GP trainees in England suffering mental ill health and addiction can now find support through the NHS GP Health Service - the first nationally-funded provision of its kind.
The service, which went live on 30 January, is confidential and free to access. It allows GPs and trainees to self-refer and connect with clinicians and therapists across a network of 13 localities, for help with:
Treatment available includes general psychiatric support and treatment; support for addiction-related problems; psychological therapies, such as CBT; psychotherapy; group therapy, and access to local groups and interventions addressing specific issues.
The initiative is part of a commitment outlined in the NHS England General Practice Forward View, to support general practice and address stress and burnout within the profession.
The service is available 8am-8pm weekdays and 8am-2pm Saturdays, and can be accessed via the website, by email or by calling 0300 0303 300.
We support thousands of GPs with responding to complaints and investigations each year, seeing first-hand the personal stresses doctors can face.
As increasing workloads and high patient demands take their toll, a fear of stigma and concerns about confidentiality can make doctors unwilling to seek help. The MDU welcomes the GP Health Service as providing a much-needed means for GPs to find timely, personal support.
Doctors who are unwell or struggling to cope may not be able to practise at their usual level, which unfortunately means they may be more susceptible to errors and complaints - making it even more important for GPs and GP trainees to look after themselves and ask for help when needed.
We offer the following advice for GPs struggling with mental health issues:
This guidance was correct at publication 30/01/2017. It is intended as general guidance for members only. If you are a member and need specific advice relating to your own circumstances, please contact one of our advisers.
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