National Services

BMA Counselling Service and Doctors Advisory Service

Help, personal support or counselling from trained telephone counsellor.

Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Peer support from a trained Doctor-Adviser for doctors in distress or difficulty.

All calls are confidential.

Contact: 0330 123 1245

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DocHealth

DocHealth is a confidential, not for profit, psychotherapeutic consultation service for all doctors. It is located in London but is open to all doctors in the UK. It is supported by the British Medical Association (BMA) and the Royal Medical Benevolent Fund (RMBF). The service offers up to six face to face sessions and video consultations are available (for follow up rather than initial assessment) if patients are living outside London. DocHealth is exclusively self-referral.

Fees are based on a sliding scale relating to the grade and circumstances of the doctor. Fees for doctors in financial difficulty can be covered where appropriate so this can be discussed with the service when people initially engage.

The aim is to develop regional hubs if the pilot project is successful.

Contact: 020 7383 6533 (confidential direct line)

Or email:  enquiries@dochealth.org.uk

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The Royal Benevolent Fund

Leading UK charity for doctors, medical students and their families. RMBF provides financial support, money advice and information when it is most needed due to distress caused by age, ill health, or bereavement. RMBF has a telephone befriending service for anyone who needs to talk.

Eligibility criteria can be found on their website.

Contact: Get help - 0208 5409194  (select option 1) or help@rmbg.org

General enquiries – 02085409194 or info@rmbf.org

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Medical Women’s Federation

Offers advice and support to female doctors including mentoring and coaching schemes, support around issues with maternity leave, less the full time training, non-training grade doctors.

Contact: 020 7387 7765 or admin@medicalwomensfederation.org.uk

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Association of Medical Professionals with Hearing Loss (AMPHL)

Provides information, promotes advocacy and mentorship, and creates a network for individuals with hearing loss interested in health care fields.

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Practitioner Performance Advice

If you have concerns about your own performance - perhaps you are returning to work after a period of absence, or you have health problems which may be impacting on your performance; you can self-refer to NHS resolution  through the advice numbers:

Contact:

England, Northern Ireland and Wales : 020 7811 2600  or (advice@resolution.nhs.uk)

Scotland: 020 7811 2600 or casesupport@ncas.nhs.uk 

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NHS 111

The NHS 111 service provides online and on the phone help if you have an urgent medical problem and you’re not sure what to do.

It is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

You will answer questions about your symptoms and depending on the situation you will either find out what services locally can help you, be connected to a nurse, emergency dentist, pharmacist or GP or be given a face-to-face appointment if needed.

Contact telephone111

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Samaritans

Samaritans is a unique charity dedicated to reducing feelings of isolation and disconnection that can lead to suicide. Their phone lines can be used by anyone who feels they need to talk and they are available 24/7, meaning they can be called in a crisis.

Contact: Call 116 123 for free, day or night, 365 days a year

Email: jo@samaritans.org

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The Cameron Fund

The Cameron Fund is the only medical benevolent fund that solely supports general practitioners and their dependents. It provides support to GPs and their families in times of financial need, whether through ill-health, disability, death or loss of employment. Both people suffering longer term from financial hardship and those who are newly facing it are supported by this charity.

Contact: 0207 388 0796

Email: info@cameronfund.org.uk

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