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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


NHS PHP Associates

Are you interested in joining our network of NHS PHP Associates delivering care to practitioner-patients across England?   The NHS Practitioner Health Programme (PHP) is a unique service and one which delivers high standards of quality of care, patient experience … Continue reading


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


‘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


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


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


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


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


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


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.