At the present time doctors are under unprecedented pressure while at the same time NHS support services for doctors have diminished. Support for the provision of services for doctors is recognised and given publicity by the GMC further to a national roundtable discussion on support services for vulnerable doctors in July 2015. The problem remains that despite well documented and strong evidence of need, no funding from public sources is forthcoming.
The BMA via Doctors for Doctors and BMA Counselling provides the only UK-wide support service. This is a telephone-based service which is highly valued. There is a profound paucity of follow-on face-to-face services for doctors and there are large areas of the UK which have no services at all. GPs have been particularly poorly served.
DocHealth is a new confidential, not for profit, psychotherapeutic consultation service for all doctors. Although located in London the service 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 doctor using DocHealth will have an opportunity to explore difficulties, both professional and personal, with senior clinicians who have the collective experience of treating over 2,000 doctors in the last 20 years.
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