DocHealth – A specialist paid for psychotherapeutic service for doctors supported by the British Medical Association and the Royal Medical Benevolent Fund. Self-referring doctors can access up to six face to face sessions with the service and further care can be advised. All doctors in the UK are able to self-refer to this service.
Maytree – For those in suicide crisis. Maytree offers short-term accommodation with befriending in a confidential, supportive and non-medical environment. National service, with accommodation based in London.
NHS Practitioner Health Program – Established in 2008, the PHP supports practitioners with mental or physical health problems including, addiction, particularly if these affect their work. A dedicated 24 hour text crisis support is available to all doctors in England.
Royal College of Surgeons Confidential Support and Advice 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.
Royal Medical Benevolent Fund – A UK charity for doctors, medical students and their families. They provide financial support, money advice and information when it is most needed due to age, ill health, disability and bereavement. Help ranges from financial assistance in the forms of grants and loans to a telephone befriending scheme for those who may be isolated and in need of support.
The Cameron Fund – The GP’s own charity. It is the only medical benevolent fund solely supports general practitioners and their dependants. We provide support to GPs and their families in times of financial need, whether through ill-health, death or loss of employment. We help those who are already suffering from financial hardship and those who are facing it.
The Couch (doctors.net) – You need to register with doctors.net but this ensures that only genuine UK doctors can gain access. There is a forum “The couch” for mutual support and advice and the option of anonymous posting for delicate issues. The couch also carries a long list of doctors around the UK happy to help others in distress.
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