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Doctor support service

Doctors wellbeing, mental health

Doctors who face the ordeal of GMC fitness to practice hearings or license withdrawal have access to a new, confidential support service from the BMA.

We recognise that doctors involved in these cases have to deal with unique stresses and the GMC has commissioned us to provide the Doctor support service, which offers emotional help from fellow doctors and functions independently of the GMC.

 

Why are we doing this?

Being subject to a complaint or learning your license is at risk can be stressful. We understand that many doctors might not have anyone to confide in while they undergo a GMC investigation.

The BMA and the GMC want to ensure that doctors have access to support should they feel they need it.

 

Who is the service aimed at?

Any doctor, you don't have to be a BMA member, where a complaint has been made to the GMC can ask for support from the Doctor support service. Support is available from when a complaint is made until the outcome of the case. Doctors unable to talk with family or supportive colleagues may find the service particularly useful.

Support is available from when a complaint is made until the outcome of the case. Doctors unable to talk with family or supportive colleagues may find the service particularly useful. 

The Doctor Support Service has recently been made available to include doctors who are at risk of having their license withdrawn. If you receive any communication from the GMC indicating that your license to practise is at risk you are welcome to use this service.

 

What sort of support is available?

This service will support colleagues through a very stressful time, which not only affects their professional lives but also impacts on their personal lives.  

Dr Mike Peters, BMA Doctors for Doctors Unit

  • 6 hours of telephone support, subject to availability, from the time a complaint is received by the GMC until the matter is concluded. Or from the time you receive notification from the GMC that your license to practice is at risk.

  • Face to face support, subject to availability of supporters, on the first day of a hearing and one further day if the hearing runs for more than a day

  • An orientation visit on the morning of your hearing, if you would find it useful to look around the hearing room before it starts. You can arrange this with your supporter.

  • Or take a look around the virtual hearing room on the MPTS website

 

Will the supporter help me with my case?

The supporter will be able to talk to you about how you feel about what is happening and help you to find strategies to cope with the stress of the proceedings.

You can ask the supporter to come with you if you are required to attend a fitness to practice hearing.

The service is not able to offer advice about your case. You should speak to your defence organisation or legal representative about that.

If you want help with understanding the GMC's fitness to practice procedures you can contact the investigation officer who is handling your case.

 

Use the Doctor support service

If you are going through a GMC investigation and need some support, make sure you get in touch with us.

Call us 020 7383 6707

Email us

Open Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm

 

Downloads

Doctor support service - leaflet (PDF)