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Apr
5

UK Physician Health Summit 2017

The NHS General Practitioner Health Service (NHS GPH) and NHS Practitioner Health Programme (NHS PHP) held its annual health summit on Wednesday 29th March 2017.  Linked below are the Delegates Handbook and speakers presentations. Practitioner Health Summit Delegate Handbook


Feb
8

NHS General Practitioner Health Information Leaflet

NHS GPH Information Leaflet This leaflet provides information about how to access confidential mental health and addiction support for GPs and GP trainees across England provided by the NHS General Practitioner Health Service.


Feb
8

Bank Cognitive Behaviour Therapists wanted

NHS Jobs Advert Job Title:                          Bank Cognitive Behaviour Therapist (Flexible) Salary:                              £60 – £70 per hour (depending on experience) The Service The NHS General Practitioner Health (GPH) service opened in January 2017. The service has been commissioned by NHS England … Continue reading


Jan
13

Preventing Burnout – a Pilot for General Practitioners

Join us and learn how to thrive and survive at work! On February 11th we will be gathering at St Bedes in York to explore the benefits of reflective group work. The day will be split into two parts. First … Continue reading


Dec
1

Bank Adult Psychotherapist wanted

Job Title: Bank Adult Psychotherapist (Flexible) Salary: £60-70 per hour (depending on experience) The Service The NHS General Practitioner Health (GPH) service is a new service that opened in early 2017. The service has been commissioned by NHS England to provide … Continue reading


Oct
27

Alcohol and health harm; what can doctors, nurses and other professionals do?

The 2016 MCA Symposium, ‘Alcohol and health harm; what can doctors, nurses and other professionals do?’, will take place on 16th November at the Royal College of Surgeons, London. In this symposium, we will focus on the ways in which … Continue reading


Oct
6

NHS GP Health Service – Clinicians Required

The Hurley Group/NHS Practitioner Health Programme is delighted to have been awarded the contract to establish a new national England-wide NHS General Practitioner Health (GP Health) service. PHP is a confidential service providing mental health and addiction services to doctors … Continue reading


Oct
6

The Hurley Group / NHS Practitioner Health Programme to establish a new national England-wide NHS General Practitioner Health (GP Health) service.

The Hurley Group/NHS Practitioner Health Programme is delighted to have been awarded the contract to establish a new national England-wide NHS General Practitioner Health (GP Health) service. The service is the world’s first nationally-funded health service of its kind for … Continue reading


Sep
27

Surviving Work in Healthcare

Surviving Work in Healthcare is a free online resource designed for people working on the front line. The website is a joint project by Surviving Work and the Tavistock & Portman NHS Foundation Trust offering podcasts, videos and survival guides … Continue reading


Aug
30

GP Event- From Mindfulness to Reflection: How to Stay Healthy in Today’s NHS

Wednesday 12th October 2016 Thursday 10th November 2016 This Programme is designed with the needs of busy GPs in mind and is grounded in an understanding of the psychological pressures that GPs are currently experiencing. Time: 12:30pm – 5:00pm Venue: … Continue reading


Aug
11

Managing Doctors in Difficulty & Doctors who Present Difficulties Conference

Tuesday 13 September 2016 Hallam Conference Centre, London This conference aimed at senior clinicians, clinical directors, medical directors and clinical leads, focuses on managing doctors in difficulty and difficult doctors.  Managing difficult colleagues and colleagues in difficulty was seen to … Continue reading


Jul
4

Drug Addicts Anonymous UK

Drug Addicts Anonymous UK (DAA) is a fellowship of men and women who have recovered from drug addiction by following the Twelve Steps – a tried and tested programme of practical spiritual action. Our fellowship attracts drug addicts from many … Continue reading


Jul
4

Supporting GPs to remain mentally healthy: What works?

Doctors are some of the most resilient members of society; they have to be, so as to be able to survive not just a long and gruelling training, but also constant exposure to disease, distress and disability. They must be able to bounce … Continue reading


Jul
4

Support Services available for Doctors in London

Doctors frequently prioritise patient care over their own health and wellbeing. Talking through problems and gaining support during difficulties or stressful periods may help reduce the impact and sense of isolation that can occur, and help identify a solution. These … Continue reading


Jun
10

Mindful Medics: Mindfulness for Healthcare Professionals

Healthcare professionals are well accustomed to giving care often at the expense of their own health and personal life. We work long and odd hours often under unrelenting pressure. It can be difficult to strike a work life balance in … Continue reading


Mar
17

Restoring Health in the NHS

9.30am – 12.30pm – Friday 24th June 2016 Royal College of Psychiatrists, 21 Prescott Street, London, E1 8BB The NHS Practitioner Health Programme has more than 8 years of experience, seeing and treating over 2000 clinicians suffering with a range … Continue reading


Jan
12

Free 5 day coach training for GPs funded by NHS England

Notice from the Transforming Primary Care Team, Healthy London Partnership. Dear all, We wanted to bring this to your attention to share amongst your network. NHS England is funding a Coaching Development Programme for GPs to develop as coaches and … Continue reading


Oct
16

Ground-breaking mental health conference for the medical professions

21 September 2015 We (RCVS) have joined forces with Maudsley Learning to host a ground-breaking conference to address mental health issues across the medical professions. The one-day event, Medical Minds Matter, will take place on 28 October 2015 at Maudsley … Continue reading


Sep
24

A Resilient NHS?

A Resilient NHS?// // Posted on September 16, 2015 | 3 Comments There was no shortage of self-confessed wounded healers at yesterday’s Wounded Healer conference. Professor Jill Maben, who gave the first keynote, confessed that she had to leave her … Continue reading


Aug
20

Reflective Practice for GPs

A series of four master classes have been designed to help GPs identify both the organisational and physical barriers to change and personal development. Each Masterclass will provide a brief introduction to one of these four key issues: Behavioural change – Cognitive behavioural … Continue reading


Jul
17

Mental Health and Doctors – What do you need to know?

Working in healthcare can be tough and demanding. Increased workloads, fewer resources and rising patient expectations can take their toll on a doctor’s mental health, as can experience of a negligence claim, and high levels of regulation and scrutiny. A … Continue reading


Jul
15

Health boss warns GPs risking mental health and suicide

The number of GPs seeking help for work-related stress and mental health problems is increasing according to the former head of the Royal College of GPs. Dr Clare Gerada told the BBC that doctors were taking their own lives because … Continue reading


Jul
15

The Wounded Healer – Why We Need to Rethink How We Support Doctors

    Clare Gerada argues that doctors too often ignore their own needs and that systems to support them need to change to cope with the problems they face Doctors are their own worst enemies. Each one of us is … Continue reading


Jun
25

The Wounded Healer Conference 15/09/2015

Helping Each Other to Care in the Modern Health Service. NHS Practitioner Health Programme Conference  We are welcoming all Managers, Nurses, Doctors, Dentists, and other professionals working within the health and social care setting to attend this all-day conference. It is … Continue reading


Jun
22

Shortlisted for HSJ Award

The NHS Practitioner Health Programme has been shortlisted for the 2015 HSJ Value in Healthcare Awards! It will be announced on 22nd September 2015 if PHP has won the ‘Value and Improvement in Specialist Services’ Award. For more information: HSJ Value … Continue reading


May
29

When doctors need treatment: an anthropological approach to why doctors make bad patients

Authors: Alex Wessely, Clare Gerada Publication date:  12 Nov 2013 Doctors are frequently affected by mental health problems, but they often present late for treatment. Alex Wessely and Clare Gerada set out an anthropological approach to why doctors make bad patients Doctors have high … Continue reading


Feb
18

Doctors in Distress

The sudden deaths of four junior doctors in Victoria have focused national attention on the issue of doctors’ workloads and wellbeing. Yet mandatory reporting laws may be forcing doctors who treat other doctors for mental health issues to report them … Continue reading


Dec
30

Managing Risk: Health Issues in Colleagues

managing risk – health issues in colleagues / doctors – Dr Gail Gilmartin “I don’t know how to begin….” Members often use this phrase to introduce a difficult subject and one of the most difficult to broach is that of … Continue reading


Dec
19

Reaction: GMC’s review of doctor suicides

The GMC will introduce ‘emotional resilience’ training and a national support service for doctors after an internal review found that 28 doctors committed suicide while under investigation by the regulator. Read the reaction here BMA chair, Dr Mark Porter Doctors’ … Continue reading


Oct
31

Winner of the National Positive Practice Awards

The NHS Practitioner Health Programme team is pleased to announce that it has been selected as the winner of the ‘Innovation in Mental Health in Primary Care’, at the National Positive Practice Awards held by The Positive Practice collaborative.  We are delighted to receive this … Continue reading


Sep
19

BMA News, Young Doctors Seek More Help

16 September 2014 Increasing numbers of young, female doctors are seeking help for mental health and addiction problems, according to the medical director of a confidential treatment service. GP Clare Gerada (pictured above) runs the PHP (Practitioner Health Programme), a … Continue reading


Sep
19

The Doctors’ Support Network 2014 and AGM

The Doctors’ Support Network 2014 Conference and AGM Saturday 11th October 2014 at The Human Rights Action Centre, London click on the link for more details DSN AGM & conference 2014 programme


Sep
3

Healthy Doctors: Healthy Patients

  2 weeks left to register at early bird rate!   Why not bring a friend or colleague?! Forward this email on or connect via Twitter @medicalwomenuk – Register now!.   Submit an abstract – deadline 26th September download a … Continue reading


Aug
14

Creating a Healthier NHS

JOIN US IN CREATING A HEALTHIER NHS HEALTHY STAFF for HEALTHY PATIENTS You are invited to have your say at a series of listening events across the country. Attend one or many, but please come. This is our opportunity to take … Continue reading


Jul
30

‘You feel you’ve been bad, not ill’: Sick doctors’ experiences of interactions with the General Medical Council

Abstract Objective To explore the views of sick doctors on their experiences with the General Medical Council (GMC) and their perception of the impact of GMC involvement on return to work. Design Qualitative study. Setting UK. Participants Doctors who had … Continue reading


Jun
18

Something is profoundly wrong with the NHS today

Clare Gerada says that there are serious problems with working life in the NHS and that these must be tackled if the NHS is to have a secure future Just as the historian Tony Judt said that “something is profoundly wrong … Continue reading


Jun
11

Suspended Doctors Group at the Practitioner Health Programme

Group of suspended Doctors on the Practitioner Health Programme this morning about recovery Shibley Rahman It was a real honour and privilege to be invited to give a talk to a group of medical Doctors who were currently suspended on … Continue reading


Jun
9

Lessons from “the other side”: teaching and learning from doctors’ illness narratives

Authors: Jonathon Tomlinson Publication date:  02 Jun 2014 Many doctors who become patients have been shocked by their experiences from “the other side.” Jonathon Tomlinson looks at these writings and considers what can be learnt from them For many years, doctors have written about their … Continue reading


May
28

Time to Think

Being a Doctor is tough—workload is increasing , the complexity of what doctors have to do has changed beyond all recognition, increasingly combining the role of a clinician with that of a manager. The Time to Think programme is a … Continue reading


May
27

GMC is “traumatising” unwell doctors and may be undermining patient safety, Gerada says

The former RCGP chairwoman Clare Gerada believes the medical regulator needs to rethink the way it treats doctors with health problems. Tom Moberly reports The General Medical Council is “traumatising” doctors and may be undermining the safety of patients through its adversarial … Continue reading


May
15

Practitioner Health Programme Five Year Event

On Wednesday 14/05/2014 The NHS PHP held an event “The NHS  Practitioner Health Programme Five Years On – Lessons Learnt and the Future Challenges” at the Regents Park Marriott Hotel, to celebrate and review the first five years of PHP … Continue reading


Mar
24

Dealing With Workplace Disputes

Early Conciliation – A new free service from Acas The free, fast and less stressful alternative to an employment tribunal for resolving workplace disputes Click on the following link for more details http://www.acas.org.uk/index.aspx?articleid=4028   Anne Sharp, chief executive of Acas, … Continue reading


Jan
29

Doctors’ Health and Wellbeing: Depression in Surgeons

Dr Clare Gerada and Richard Jones work for the Practitioner Health Programme (PHP), a specialist service for doctors and dentists in the London area with mental health / addiction problems (www.php.nhs.uk). Here they discuss some of their preliminary findings (specific to surgeons) from … Continue reading


Jan
29

When Doctors Become Patients

http://abetternhs.wordpress.com/2014/01/27/dr-patients/ It’s taken me over 20 years to appreciate just how little attention is paid in medical education to what it’s like to be a patient. Often, only the experience of becoming seriously ill finally compels [doctors] to change their … Continue reading


Jan
17

Doctors and Mental Health Survey

The Centre for Psychosocial Research, Occupational and Physician Health at Cardiff University has launched a new survey to understand doctors’ in England’s attitudes to their own mental health.   Doctors are recognised as an ‘at risk’ group for developing mental … Continue reading


Dec
27

What it’s like to take and withdraw from Morphine

http://drug.addictionblog.org/what-its-like-to-take-and-withdraw-from-morphine/


Dec
27

The Professional Path to Recovery

http://www.imt.ie/features-opinion/2013/07/the-professional-path-to-recovery.html


Nov
29

Patient Feedback

‘Fantastic service – a huge support through a difficult time and always offers sound advice’   ‘Access to PHP was quick, thoroughly supportive and empathetic, good links to other therapies.’   ‘A fantastic service – wish I had known about … Continue reading


Oct
29

Conference on Doctor’s Health to be hosted by The Royal Society of Medicine on 12 November 2013

Nearly 25% of doctors working in the UK have been found to experience stress at some point in their careers. This conference on ‘Doctors’ Health and Well-being: from medical students, to trainees and senior doctors’ will be suitable for both … Continue reading


Feb
25

We have been shortlisted for the BMJ Mental Health Team of the Year award 2013

We have been shortlisted for the BMJ Mental Health Team of the Year award 2013: More information here The PHP Team   Left to right, top to bottom: Max Henderson, Lynne Simpson, Lucie Thorn, Jane Marshall, James Anderson, Richard Jones, Ruth … Continue reading


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