About Practitioner Health
Practitioner Health is a free, confidential NHS service for doctors and dentists across England with mental illness and addiction problems, who are working or looking to return to clinical practice. The service can help with issues relating to a mental health concern, including stress or depression or an addiction problem, in particular where these might affect work. The service is provided by health professionals specialising in mental health support to doctors and is available in various locations across England
Our Mission Statement
Our objectives are to improve the mental wellbeing of the clinical workforce, reduce the stigma they face and to ensure that individuals can be retained or returned to the workforce.
We are committed to raising the standards of clinical care for patients by:
- offering a wide range of services including new technologies and on-line options
- ensuring all communications with patients are clear and comprehensive to ensure that they are informed about their options
- providing systematic education, mentoring and training for clinical and non-clinical staff to ensure they provide the best possible care
Practitioner Health are aware that doctors and dentists often find it difficult to access mainstream mental health or addictions services due to fears that they will not receive a truly confidential service. As a patient of Practitioner Health, you have the right to request that your status as a practitioner patient of the service is known only to you and the Practitioner Health Service (PHS).
If on presentation your mental health or addiction problem is already being treated elsewhere, you will not normally be able to be seen at PHS as well.
Occasionally, PHS do treat patients alongside another clinical team, and the patient’s case will always need to be discussed with the other service before treatment with PHS is started.
Unfortunately, we are not funded to be a fast track service to psychological support even if this means that you have to wait for treatment for NHS care.