Managing Physical Health Conditions
There are likely to be a small number of individuals where their physical health concerns are causing serious performance issues and where that individual is reluctant to approach normal NHS services, for example deafness, tremor, severe back problems.
There are several reasons why doctors and dentists may not wish to access health care through traditional channels. Your GP may be a local colleague, possibly even a fellow doctor within the same partnership, friend or relation. Under these circumstances, they may be too embarrassed about their condition to feel able to confide in them.
We are happy to discuss any physical health issue. However, it is important to stress that PHS is not designed to take over normal GP functions and we would not be offering routine general practice care. For routine problems for where there are long term health issues, such as diabetes, hypertension, heart disease or cancer it is much better and safer for you to register with a local GP.
Doctors with disabilities
The focus of the Practitioner Health service is to provide support to those going through mental health difficulties. Physical disabilities are therefore not the primary focus, however there is of course overlap between the two. For more specific advice and support on the topic of being a doctor with a physical disability, please visit the disabled doctors network.
NHS Rainbow Badge Scheme
Practitioner Health is part of the NHS Rainbow badge initiative, signifying its inclusive and non-judgemental nature. This initiative was started within the NHS to promote the message of respect and equality for all patients and staff within the healthcare environment.
Many of the staff within the service can be seen wearing the rainbow badges to show their support of the LGBT+ community and by wearing the badge, display their awareness of potential issues faced by people with regards to gender and sexuality.