Employers and Referrers FAQ

Can PHP provide a report?

Yes: PHP can provide reports, however this will be with the agreement of the practitioner-patient. PHP1 can provide reports to employers, Trusts, or to the GMC or GDC. PHP does charge for reports, however, charges are only applicable where payment is being made by a third party e.g. GMC, GDC, or a Defense Organisation. We will not charge for reports where the cost would be incurred by the practitioner patient. All report fees are reinvested in PHP for service development or the improvement of existing services for practitioner-patients

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Does PHP charge for reports?

PHP does charge for reports, however, charges are only applicable where payment is being made by a third party e.g. Occupational Health, GMC, GDC, or a Defense Organisation. We will not charge for reports where the cost would be incurred by the practitioner patient.

All report fees are reinvested in PHP for service development or the improvement of existing services for practitioner-patients. PHP has recently reviewed its price schedule – this can be found here

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What can PHP offer with respect to helping a practitioner return to work?

When a practitioner is ready to return to work, PHP help support this process by liaising, as appropriate, with the relevant Trust, occupational health, Deanery.  PHP does not provide occupational health reports on a practitioner’s fitness to practise, we do however with patient consent, provide reports summarising the health issues, treatment and prognosis. PHP can also help signpost practitioners to coaching, mentoring or career counselling

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Is the PHP service an occupational health service?

PHP is not an occupational health service. It is a health service for doctors and dentists working or living in the London area who have mental health, addiction or physical health problems that affect their ability to work. However the PHP team will work with employers, Occupational Health departments and others to develop and implement return to work programmes

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How can I help and become involved in treating health professionals?

The Royal Colleges of General Practitioners and Psychiatrists, and ANHOPS are developing training programmes for treating health professionals. Please see attached details for forthcoming 2011 RCGP training programme.

The RCGP Health for Healthcare Professionals Part 1

This course explores the issues around doctors’ health, and what we can do in general practice to improve the care of our own practitioner patients. Health professionals, like their patients, become ill. Poor practitioner health adversely affects the care of patients, healthcare costs, the lives of the physicians’ colleagues, family and friends, and the physician themselves.

Improving the health of doctors has many beneficial effects on patients. Yet doctors tend to not consult with their GP and may have ‘corridor consultations’ with colleagues.

They often find innovative ways of obtaining health care and are at risk of inappropriately self-diagnosing, self prescribing and even self-referring

E-Module one is now live here: http://elearning.rcgp.org.uk

Face to Face days will be running on 15th April in London and 17th June in Birmingham

For further information please contact Nicholas Paterson at nicholas.paterson@rcgp.org.uk

The Royal College of Psychiatrists Education and Training Centre has recently launched a training course for psychiatrists, which will focus on the knowledge, skills and attitudes required by psychiatrists when working with healthcare professionals as patients.

It will also consider how to assess, manage and support this patient group.

The course teaching team will include PHP clinicians Dr Jane Marshall and Dr Max Henderson. The planned dates and locations are as follows:

· Tuesday 24 May 2011, Newcastle

 

· Tuesday 7 June 2011, Birmingham

 

· Friday 10 June 2011, London

 

Please see the attached flyer for further information and how to book your place;  CETC RCPsych Training day

Further information on this subject is available at the HPP mini site http://www.h4hp.co.uk

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What can PHP offer with respect to helping a practitioner return to work?

When a practitioner is ready to return to work, PHP1 help support this process by liaising, as appropriate, with the relevant Trust, occupational health, Deanery.  PHP can help signpost practitioners to coaching, mentoring or career counselling.

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How can I refer?

You can contact us in confidence either through this web site or by emailing directly php.admin@nhs.net 

If you would like to discuss a referral you can also telephone 0203 049 4505 or advise the practitioner to contact us directly.

Please note we do not update referrers on a practitioner’s engagement with PHP, without the practitioner patient’s consent, excepting in the rare circumstances where there is a significant risk to patients, others or self.

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