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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


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


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


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


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   Anne Sharp, chief executive of Acas, … Continue reading


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 ( Here they discuss some of their preliminary findings (specific to surgeons) from … Continue reading


When Doctors Become 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


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


What it’s like to take and withdraw from Morphine


The Professional Path to Recovery

Irish Medical Times article on recovery from drug addiction. CLICK HERE TO READ


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


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


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


GP’s in Brighton and Hove can now self refer

Doctors on the GP performers list in Brighton & Hove can now self refer to PHP. Brighton & Hove CCG have entered into a call off arrangement with PHP to enable these practitioner patient’s to self refer to access timely … Continue reading


PHP endorsed as a “crucial service” by JMCC, BMA, NCAS, Academy of Medical Royal Colleges and defence organisations

PHP has been endorsed as a “crucial service” by JMCC, BMA, NCAS, Academy of Medical Royal Colleges and defence organisations, further information is contained in this PDF document.

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