Research Consortium


Research at NHS Practitioner Health

Research is important to our service to help us to understand which treatments work better for patients, develop new ways of delivering our service and to demonstrate the outcomes and impact we are having when we provide care. We have a unique dataset which we have used to undertake NHS Ethics approved research projects into NHS PH outcomes and specifically outcomes for addicted doctors (see Publications). 

We also support projects led by our research partners in the PH research consortium which is a loose network of UK researchers in the field of practitioner health (see below), and with the European provider network to help understand how practitioner health services can improve the mental health and wellbeing of the workforce.

We are currently involved in a major research project in collaboration with the University of Westminster using quantitative and qualitative methodologies to investigate 1 year outcomes and pathways to recovery for doctors at Practitioner Health. These 2 studies are at the stage of being written up for publication following 2 pilots (see Publications). We also have a study in progress looking at predictors of burnout in PH doctors.

If you are looking to NHS PH to collaborate in a research project please read our research guidelines below.

Research guidelines 

Understanding Long COVID and other Post-acute COVID complications

This survey has been developed in partnership between the BMA and Long COVID Doctors for Action which campaigns and advocates for doctors suffering the continuing effects of COVID. We want to hear from anyone who has been impacted by their experience of post-acute COVID ill health, whether they have been formally diagnosed with a condition or not.

  • Deadline is 5pm on 15th January, 2023 
  • Takes 20 mins approx. to complete
  • Can be completed by ANY affected doctor (BMA membership is NOT required)
  • Current GMC license to practice or registration is NOT required
  • Data is CONFIDENTIAL. GMC numbers are required only to prove all respondents are really UK medical doctors. Identifiable data will NOT be shared with any other party

Survey link: 

Calling all health practitioners with an interest in yoga!  Our research partners at University of Westminster would like you to complete the survey below, it takes 5 minutes. Thank you!

We are conducting research into healthcare practitioners’ attitudes towards yoga for supporting and managing health. We are interested in all views and no experience of yoga is necessary! The survey takes less than 10 mins to complete.
If you are a qualified healthcare practitioner who is currently treating patients in the UK, then please follow this link: Or if you know a healthcare practitioner, please share the link.  

You can read more about the study and how to contact the researchers here


A study to identify working conditions and work cultures associated with psychological distress and suicidality among junior doctors working in the NHS.

We are supporting a study carried out by medical research colleagues at a group of universities into the contribution of working conditions to psychological distress, self harm and suicidality in junior hospital doctors. This is a qualitative interview based study with good backup in place in case any difficult issues arise. 

Eligible doctors are junior doctors working in NHS hospital settings from the foundation up to but not including consultant or associate specialist/trust grades. GP registrars currently working in/or within 6 months of working in hospital posts would be eligible, but not GP registrars or salaried/principal GPs now established in primary care.

Please click the link below to access.

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Study Invitaion 

Louise Tebboth Foundation - Suicide postvention in secondary care

We are conducting research to gain insight into the experiences of clinicians working in hospitals who have experienced the death by suicide of a colleague. The objective is to better understand the nature of the experience and to make recommendations to improve the support available. 

This study builds on research we conducted in 2020 which went on to develop a suicide postvention framework to support staff working in general practice. This framework has been well received. The Royal College of General Practitioners and NHS England are now discussing how to implement some of the recommendations arising.

We are seeking to interview people working in a hospital environments, (primarily but not exclusively doctors) who have experienced the death by suicide of a colleague.  The time limit is flexible, but we would expect volunteers to have experienced the death within the last five years. Interviews would be confidential and conducted online. We wish to explore people’s reactions to the incident over the short-term and longer term, implications for wellbeing and performance, and the type of support that would be most helpful.

Interviews will be 30 to 40 minutes and can be arranged at a time of your convenience.

Organisation involved

Council for Work and Health
Department of Organizational Psychology, Clore Management Centre Birkbeck University of London, 27 Torrington Square Bloomsbury London WC1E 7JL

Contact/Further information    

Dr. Gail Kinman, CPsychol FBPsS FAcSS FHEA
Visiting Professor of Occupational Health Psychology          Email:

Other research projects that may interest you

The projects and studies listed below are being led by academics and organisations outside of NHS Practitioner Health, but focus on issues related to the mental health and wellbeing of clinicians and health professionals. Please contact the study leads for more information. We will only include studies in this section which have ethics approval and meet the objectives of our own organisation.


Online research survey looking at developing a Core Outcome Set of Wellbeing measures for doctors      

Online survey  based study looking at the impact of covid-19 on healthcare professionals physical and emotional wellbeing – national study open to all  healthcare professionals   

Organisations involved

Centre for Workforce Wellbeing, a collaboration between Health Education England and the University of Southampton

Queen Mary University London

Contact/Further information

Dr Gemma Simons


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