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This page provides information and links to sources of support for GPs including:

  • Mentoring and coaching
  • Support services and links
  • Wellbeing apps
  • Financial support
  • Covid-19 wellbeing resources
  • Indemnity providers

The page is regularly reviewed and updated. If you have further resources which you would like to share with us, please contact us at  humberside.lmcgroup@nhs.net

Mentoring and Coaching

Free Mentoring for Humberside LMCs' Constituents  

Service from Humberside LMCs in partnership with GPMplus.  Free and open to GPs, Practice Managers, Nurses and other senior practice staff with leadership/decision making responsibilities, working in General Practice in the Humber region.  8 hours of confidential support over 12 months.

Download a leaflet on GPMplus mentoring

Resilience and Wellbeing Coaching offer - from NHSE&I for practice staff.

Individual coaching support with a highly skilled and experienced coach.  A space for you to offload the demands of whatever you are experiencing and be supported in developing practical strategies for dealing with this.  It might be that through a one-off conversation you have all the strategies you need to cope with your situation and stay well.  Or you might find a few sessions helpful.  It is all led by you.  Choose from the following:

Looking after you too  – a pilot for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic NHS colleagues

Looking after you too

Looking after your team

RCGP Coaching 

For any member of the practice team including clinical and non-clinical staff. The service is provided by a specially trained cohort of practice support advisers and trainers who are all highly experienced primary care professionals and includes: GPs, practice nurses, practice managers and pharmacists. 

Support Services/Links

British Doctors and Dentists Group  

A recovery group for doctors and dentists addicted to alcohol and/or drugs.

BMA Doctors adviser service

To support your wellbeing. 

BMA counselling and peer support for doctors and medical students 

Confidential 24/7 counselling and peer support services open to all doctors and medical students on 0330 123 1245 or via the online portal.

BMA Doctor Support Service

Independent confidential support for doctors involved in a fitness to practise case. You can call the service throughout your fitness to practise case for emotional support from a fellow doctor who is completely independent of the GMC. The service is provided by the BMA but you don't have to be a member to access it.

DocHealth

Confidential psychotherapy open to all doctors. A confidential, not-for-profit psychotherapeutic consultation service for all qualified doctors of any grade or specialty. Support is always provided by Consultant Psychiatrists in Medical Psychotherapy. Financial contributions are requested from users of the service - see website for details. Open to all doctors - you don't have to be a BMA member.

Doctors’ Support Network

Peer support for doctors and medical students with mental health concerns.

Doctors with Neurodiversity

Do you identify as a Doctor with Neurodiversity*? A free, confidential, online peer-support group is being run by Dr Adrian Lamb on the first and third Thursday of every month at 8pm. To find out more please visit the website. 

*Neurodiversity encompasses: autism spectrum, ADHD, dyslexia, dyspraxia, tics and Tourettes

Freedom to Speak Up 

Humberside LMCs offers a Freedom to Speak Up Guardian Service across primary care in our four CCH areas. You can raise a concern about any risk, malpractice or wrongdoing you think is harming the service you deliver in primary care. View our Freedom to Speak Up policy for details on how to raise a concern. 

GP Signposts for Yorkshire and the Humber  

The aim of this directory of services for Yorkshire and the Humber is to provide further details of support, career opportunities and contacts to supplement the national support pack.

GP Career Support Pack 

This document sets out the various types of support available to general practitioner’s at all stages of their career, whether in their first five years, mid-career, nearing retirement or after taking a career break.

Humber, Coast and Vale Resilience Hub 

Access support and advice, available to all health and care workers and their families, living or working in the Humber, Coast and Vale region. The Humber, Coast and Vale Resilience Hub offers advice and support for issues such as emotional wellbeing to bereavement, debt, domestic violence and relationship issues. The Hub is funded and supported by NHS England and the Humber, Coast and Vale Care Partnership. 

NHS Practitioner Health   

A free, confidential service provided by health professionals specialising in mental health support to doctors. It is accessible via a confidential national self-referral phone line, website and app, enabling GPs and GP trainees to seek information about the services available, access self-help tools, and access clinical support.

Making General Practice a Great Place to Work 

This toolkit, jointly published by NHS England, BMA and RCGP, is aimed at system leaders and clinical leads working across primary care to develop robust local retention action plans that provide GPs with the support they require to develop fulfilled careers in general practice. It also aims to tackle issues at practice, network and system level that may be impacting on local GP retention. 

Mental Health Service for Doctors and Dentists from Practitioner Health

All NHS doctors and dentists in England now have access to a mental health service 24 hours a day through a dedicated phoneline and a crisis text service available through the night. This builds on the service already available to GPs in England. To sign up, call 0300 0303 300 or email prac.health@nhs.net  (Monday to Friday 8am to 8pm and Saturday 8am to 2pm). Text NHSPH to 85258 for the out-of-hours crisis text service. Further details at  www.practitionerhealth.nhs.uk.  

National GP Retention Scheme

The is a package of financial and educational support to help doctors, who might otherwise leave the profession, remain in clinical general practice. These NHS England web pages explain who is eligible for the scheme and how to apply.

Our NHS People

On-line Wellbeing resources to help manage health and wellbeing whilst looking after others.

Respect

A phone line providing support for those affected by domestic abuse. Telephone 0808 802 4040.

The Sick Doctors Trust

Support and help for doctors, dentists and medical students who are concerned about their use of drugs or alcohol.

Supporting Our NHS People: Primary Care 

NHSE document which brings together details of a wide variety of services, resources, and sources of help for people working in primary care. Includes counselling and talking therapies, wellbeing and self-help apps, financial support, mental health hubs, and online guides and resources. 

Together

Support for anyone bereaved by suicide from Hull and East Yorkshire Mind and North East Lincolnshire Mind. The service offers emotional support, practical support, or just someone to listen, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Freephone 0800 1380990. Local telephone number 01482 240133 or email  info@heymind.org.uk. You can also text on 07520633477

Trauma Risk Management (TRiM)

TRiM is a trauma-focused peer support system designed to help people who have experienced a traumatic, or potentially traumatic, event. March on Stress is a psychological health consultancy which provides training to organisations to implement the system. See their website for further details.   

Urgent Intercultural Therapy for Staff 

Due to the recent crisis in Kabul, Afghanistan, North East and Yorkshire NHS Equality and Inclusion Team are offering a therapy bereavement service of three sessions for people affected, initially without an assessment. This offer is an interim arrangement.

Nafsiyat can take referrals through their online form, via email: admin@nafsiyat.org.uk or by phone at 020 7263 6947. Referrals will need to mention their organisation name and job title. This service is available to Trusts, social care and primary care staff. 

Wellbeing Apps
NHS Employers information regarding access to well-being apps. 

Calm

Calm is offering a one month free trial. 

Financial Support

Doctors’ Help

This is a website portal created by the main medical charities to help doctors in difficulty find the most suitable charity to apply to. Doctors, or their dependents, and medical students, can answer a very short questionnaire to find the best charity to help them. They can then link to that charity for more information about eligibility and application. Charities included are BMA Charities, The Cameron Fund, Royal Medical Benevolent Fund, Royal Medical Foundation, and the Society for the Assistance of Medical Families.

The Cameron Fund

Aims to help NHS General Practitioners (and their dependent family) who find themselves in dire financial straits, be they a GP Trainee, a registered GP, or retired. 

The Royal Medical Benevolent Fund

Help for doctors and their families in need.

The Royal Medical Foundation

A charity which aims to assist registered doctors and their families who are in financial hardship.

Covid-19 Wellbeing Resources

Academy of Medical Royal Colleges   

Advice regarding sleep during the pandemic.

COVID-19: your wellbeing

BMA guidance which aims to help doctors and medical students working under extraordinary and challenging circumstances to look after their own health and wellbeing.

Guide to coping with stress  during the Coronavirus outbreak

World Health Organisation (WHO) (single side document).  

Coronavirus and Your Wellbeing 

Published by Mind UK

NHS Practitioner Health  

Frontline wellbeing support during COVID-19.

Resilient Practice   

Resources to support personal resilience in modern life. 

Indemnity Providers

The Medical and Dental Defence Union of Scotland

A range of advice and support for members.

Medical Defence Union

A range of advice and support for members.

Medical Protection Society

A range of advice and support for members.