At the Local Medical Committee, we offer a confidential and independent counselling and mentor scheme for all GPs working in the area across the 5 LMCs. Work-related or personal stress can lead to a feeling of isolation and GPs can experience problems such as burn-out, career or partnership issues or general unhappiness. Mentees are offered a Mentor, usually from outside of their immediate practice area, and mentoring, as we see it, offers an opportunity to meet with an experienced colleague to find a way out of difficulties or at least clarify a particular issue. Accessing a mentor is free and completely confidential.
We have now launched our ‘Phone-a-Friend’ service. GPs needing support, or their colleagues, can contact Abigail Askew at the LMC Office on 01772 863806 or alternatively fill in the below enquiry form. The details will only be seen by Abigail and a mentor will be in touch with you. You may have a quick question to ask or you may want to have a chat with someone who knows how you are feeling, please don’t hesitate to contact us as we are here to help.
Download the Cumbria & Lancashire GP Support Scheme Flyer.
Doctors are often bad at seeking help for medical problems, but illness in a GP may jeopardise his or her ability to care for patients. In the health section of the GMC’s document, Good Medical Practice. It is very clear that all doctors should be registered with a GP, outside of their own family, and that they should not treat themselves.
Please contact the office on 01772 863806, if you believe that you might be ill and can’t, for whatever reason, go to your own GP. If you believe that a GP colleague is unwell and not seeking help, please contact the office.
Doctors who run into problems with performance issues or partnership disputes are often ill. This may be physical illness or mental health problems, including alcohol or substance misuse.
Other National Support Organisations
BMA Counselling and Doctor advisor service
Confidential, nationwide counselling service for doctors and medical students is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Talk through any issues which may be worrying you in total privacy, confident that you are getting the best possible support.
Tel: 0330 123 1245
Web: Emotional support for doctors
NHS GP Health Service – England
The NHS GP Health Service can help with issues relating to a mental health concern, including stress or depression, or an addiction problem, where these might affect a GP’s work. Operating on a self-referral basis, it is provided by health professionals specialising in mental health support to doctors and is available in various locations across England.
Access the service by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 0300 0303 300. Availability is from 8.00am – 8.00pm Monday to Friday and 8.00am – 2.00pm Saturday.
Please note the service is not for emergency or crisis issues. These should be directed to mainstream NHS services.
Charities offering support to GPs
The Dain Fund helps with the educational costs of doctors’ children in certain situations
The Cameron Fund supports general practitioners and their dependants in times of financial need, whether through ill-health, disability, death or loss of employment
Royal Medical Benevolent Fund Helping doctors and their dependants in need
Doctors.net.uk The UK’s largest professional network of doctors – for doctors, by doctors: Forum, email, library, education, medical news, jobs
Support 4 Doctors Information and advice on: work & career, health & wellbeing, money & finance, family & home
Claire Wand Organisation The Clare Wand Organisation is a charitable fund that makes grants to fund the further education of medical practitioners, predominantly engaged in general practice, and for the provision of scholarships (including travelling scholarships).