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Alternative Support


RMBF –  This is very helpful guide for all GPs seeking help and advice. The guide sets out the stress and pressure points for GPs and GP Trainees, seeks to provide practical advice and signposts support and resources for those experiencing stress and difficulties. 
The Vital Signs in Primary Care
BMA Services for Doctors’ Well-being (BMA Counselling and Doctor Advisory Service)

For help, counselling and personal support from a trained telephone counsellor or peer support from a doctor-adviser. Available 24hrs a day, 7 days a week.

Tel:       08459 200169



BMA Doctor Support Service


Help from fellow doctors for doctors facing the ordeal of GMC fitness to practice processes. Not confined to BMA members




Doctors’ Support Network (DSN)


Self-help group for doctors with mental illness. A DoH funded helpline for doctors. Peer support from volunteer doctors trained to offer friendly and informal support to fellow doctors who are experiencing burnout, anxiety, depression, mental distress, work difficulties, family worries or other problems that they need to talk through. The service is completely confidential, anonymous and independent. The aim is for callers to be reassured and helped to work out solutions and methods of coping with whatever is troubling them.

Tel:       0844 395 3010




Doctors’ Support Line (DSL)     


Run by the charity PriMHE (Primary Care Mental Health Education)

Tel:       0870 765 0001



The British Doctors’ and Dentists’ Group


The British Doctors’ and Dentists' Group, formed in 1973, is a mutual support society for doctors and dentists who are recovering, or wish to recover, from addiction/dependency on alcohol or other drugs.

Tel:       07825 107 970



Sick Doctors Trust


Early confidential intervention, advisory and treatment for doctors addicted to alcohol or other drugs. Help with recovery and rehabilitation for affected colleagues and their families. 24 hour helpline run by doctors for doctors; supported by expert advisers throughout the UK. All calls are received by the national co-ordinator and responded to within 12 hours.    

Tel:      0370 444 5163



Support 4 Doctors


 Information and advice on: work & career, health & wellbeing, money & finance, family & home



The UK’s largest professional network of doctors – for doctors, by doctors: Forum, email, library, education, medical news, jobs



National Counselling Services for Sick Doctors


24 hours a day / 7 days a week. Confidential, independent advisory service for sick doctors, which is supported by the Medical Royal Colleges, the Joint Consultants Committee, the BMA and other professional bodies. A network of advisers return calls from sick doctors or those worried about a sick doctor and refer to counsellors as appropriate.                     

Tel:       0870 241 0535



British Doctors and Dentists Group Helpline and Medical Council on Alcohol


Tel:       020 7487 4445


The Cameron Fund

Supports general practitioners and their dependants in times of financial need, whether through ill-health, disability, death or loss of employment



Royal Medical Benevolent Fund

Helping doctors and their dependants in need. The UK’s largest professional network of doctors – for doctors, by doctors: forum, email, library, education, medical news, jobs



Claire Wand Organisation 

The Clare Wand Organisation is a charitable fund that makes grants to fund the further education of medical practitioners, predominantly engaged in general practice, and for the provision of scholarships (including travelling scholarships).



The Dain Fund

The Fund helps with the education and support of doctors’ children when there are financial problems in the family. In most of the families helped the parents are out of work or on a very low income.



You may also find this GMC leaflet helpful:


Tel:     08457 90 90 90



Feeling Stress BBC Website

Includes sections on: recognising stress, dealing with stress, work-related stress, tackling work stress



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