Support for NHS and social care workforce in Scotland
Wellbeing Support for Scottish staff
The National Wellbeing Hub for Scotland provides links to a range of resources, apps and self care for individuals and managers across health and social care.
Please follow the link for more information.
Mental Health Support for Scottish staff
On behalf of NHS Scotland, NHS Practitioner Health are also able to offer a confidential assessment and treatment service. This will be available to all NHS and care staff working as part of the Scottish workforce on a self-referral basis.
The workforce specialist service will offer specialism in treating and supporting staff who:
- experience increased risks of suffering mental illness including difficulties with addiction and suicidality.
- suffer stigmatisation and experience difficulty accessing confidential assessment and treatment for mental health;
- are often reluctant to assume the role of patient and to seek help due to concerns about professional implications (e.g. regulator involvement, detriment to career progression, impact of having time off sick).
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
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.
NHSPH does provide a crisis text service and you can access this by texting "NHSPH" to 85258.
There is a 24 hour support line available in Scotland on 0800 111 4191. Further support for staff in Scotland is available via the National Wellbeing Hub website PRoMIS
The Samaritans: 0161 236 8000 (local call charges apply) or 116 123 (free to call) can also be provide confidential support and are open 24 hours a day.