GP wellbeing help and support
We know that sometimes the going gets tough as a GP. The RCGP along with many other organisations is here to help.
As a member of RCGP you will be part of a local Faculty, and the staff and Faculty Board members are there to help any member with any enquiry. Each Board has district reps, and also educational leads. If you want local support or guidance, please feel free to contact the Faculty office and they will put you in touch with an appropriate colleague who can offer support and advice. The GPs on Faculty Boards are there as volunteers for the RCGP, not as specialist occupational health advisers or counsellors, but they will help as best they can .
Of course your own GP is there for health issues and you might want to contact them if you think the current problems you face are impacting on your health.
There is also a wide range of support available from other organisations and the following websites and resources may well be helpful.
The BMA provides a dedicated helpline for doctors and medical students to be able to speak to a counsellor or doctor advisor in confidence at any time on 08459 200 169. You can talk through any issues which may be worrying you in total privacy, confident that you are getting the best possible support.
The BMA website also has a comprehensive list of useful resources.
The GMC website
has a section called ‘Your health matters’. This site contains a range of advice for Doctors with health concerns.
Help me, I’m a doctor
Brings together five independent charities that support doctors when they need confidential financial assistance. These benevolent funds can provide vital support, to help doctors in genuine financial need get their lives and careers back on track.
NHS Practitioner Health Programme
The NHS Practitioner Health Programme is an award winning, free and confidential NHS service for doctors and dentists with issues relating to a mental or physical health concern or addiction problem, in particular where these might affect their work. For confidential advice call 020 3049 4505
or visit their website
The Cameron Fund
The Cameron Fund is the only medical benevolent fund that solely supports general practitioners and their dependents. It provides support to GPs and their families in times of financial need, whether through ill-health, disability, death or loss of employment. It also helps those who are already suffering from financial hardship and those who are facing it.
Telephone: 020 7388 0796
The Medical Defence Union (MDU)
The Medical and Dental Defence Union of Scotland (MDDUS)
The Medical Protection Society (MPS)
Primary Care Support Service (Wales)
The Primary Care Support Service is a direct access, confidential counselling, support and educational service for GPs , general dental practitioners and community pharmacists working in Wales. It is funded by the Welsh Assembly Government but is run as an independent service with co-ordinator input in each of the three Welsh regions.
Phone: 01248 675899
Royal Medical Benevolent Fund (RMBF)
Royal Medical Foundation
The Royal Medical Foundation exists to support doctors and their dependants who find themselves in financial hardship.
Telephone: 01372 821 010
Fax: 01372 821 013
Sick Doctors Trust
24 hour confidential telephone helpline for doctors with drug and alcohol problems.
Telephone: 0370 444 5163
The GP Lifestyle - Wellbeing in General Practice
An online course offering advice on stress management, alcohol, nutrition, exercise and substance misuse.