Support for NHS and social care workforce in Scotland
Mental Health Support for Scottish staff
On behalf of NHS Scotland, NHS Practitioner Health is able to offer a confidential assessment and treatment service. This is available to all regulated NHS and care staff working as part of the Scottish workforce on a self-referral basis.
The workforce specialist service
The Workforce Specialist Service, delivered by NHS Practitioner Health, is a confidential, multidisciplinary mental health treatment service with expertise in treating regulated health and social services professionals. We specialise in caring for regulated professionals as patients, and as such are experts at the interface between regulation, employment and mental illness and addiction.
The WSS understands your needs as professionals with mental illness and/or addiction problems, how this might impact on your ability to seek out help, and how your condition might impact on your work and potentially those in your care. We are skilled at helping professionals return to work or training, and we treat practitioners with mental health conditions such as depression and anxiety, or with more severe illnesses, such as bipolar affective disorder or personality disorders and with a range of addictions.
How to access mental health support via NHS Practitioner Health
Please complete both the registration forms and wellbeing questionnaires - it is essential that you complete both sets of forms to enable us to register you into the service and ensure you are provided with the support you need. If you have any difficulties accessing or completing the forms, or would prefer to speak to someone in the service please call us on 0300 0303 300. (Monday – Friday 8am-8pm, Sat 8-2pm)
The registration and wellbeing assessment form are here:
Registration and wellbeing assessment: Click here
This is an interim arrangement and over the next few months services will begin to be established in Scotland, but for now the assessment and treatment is being provided by the clinicians and therapists across England.
There are some practical implications of this arrangement which patients are kindly asked to consider when accessing the service.
- assessments will be undertaken digitally and remotely (video/telephone) by clinicians based in England.
- prescriptions issued by NHS PH will be subject to a prescription charge of £9.15 per item as is usual in England. If you wish to avoid this charge NHSPH may be able to ask your GP to initiate the prescribing of your medication.
- if any tests or investigations are necessary to support your care, a local provider will be needed for support. This will be discussed with you during your appointment.
- any in-patient addictions therapy may involve travelling to England to one of our approved providers
Wellbeing Support for Scottish staff
The National Wellbeing Hub offers:
- Information on looking after yourself
- Free, evidence-based apps to help with personal resilience, stress, sleep etc
- Coaching, guides, webinars, and more.
Confidential emotional and psychological support can be accessed via the National Wellbeing Helpline: 0800 111 4191
Please follow the link for more information. Please click here
Support in an emergency or crisis
NHS PH is not a crisis service. If you are in crisis or feel unsafe or at risk to yourself or others, then you should contact 111/999, your own GP or attend your nearest Emergency Department/A&E as soon as possible.
The Samaritans: 0161 236 8000 (local call charges apply) or 116 123 (free to call) can also provide confidential support and are open 24 hours a day.