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Mar
25

PHP CQC Report

PHP Service has received an outstanding Rating from the Care Quality Commission (CQC.) Please see the full report below: http://php.nhs.uk/wp-content/uploads/sites/26/2019/03/CQC-Final-report-2.pdf


Mar
21

Avoiding Burnout in the NHS

Dr Clare Gerada writes for the Royal College of Surgeons https://www.rcseng.ac.uk/news-and-events/blog/avoiding-burnout-in-the-nhs/


Sep
14

BBC Radio 4 – A Doctor’s Suicide

Rambling, presented by Clare Balding, featuring Dr Kate Harding talking about the suicide of her doctor husband. CLICK HERE TO LISTEN


Sep
4

Doctor’s Mental Health At Tipping Point

Practitioner health service was the feature of a documentary and discussion on the Victoria Derbyshire show on Monday 3rd September. The 16 minute film can be viewed here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p06k5gdy    


Aug
24

HHP Framework October 2018

The NHS Practitioner Health Programme has published an updated version of the ‘Guidance and Competencies for the provision of services using practitioners with a special interest – Health for Health Professionals Practitioner.’ This framework was first developed and adopted in 2010 in collaboration with the Royal Colleges of General Practitioners and Psychiatrists and the Faculty […]


Aug
2

Working Stress Game Press Release

The game has been developed by Focus Games Ltd in partnership with the NHS Practitioner Health Programme (PHP); a confidential, NHS treatment service for doctors and dentists unable to access confidential care through mainstream NHS routes due to the nature of their role and/or health condition. Working Stress Game™ helps clinical staff understand the unique […]


Jul
26

RSM Podcast

RSM Health Matters Podcast: Searching for Truth: Suicide and Accidental Death in Doctors To hear this podcast, please click here


Jun
1

NHS Jobs Advert- Cognitive Behaviour Therapist

The Service The NHS General Practitioner Health (GPH) service is a new service started in early 2017. The service has been commissioned by NHS England to provide a mental health and addiction service for General Practitioners (GPs) who are experiencing mental health or addiction problems. The service will be operated by the award winning NHS […]


Mar
20

The Wounded Healer

International Physician Health Conference, London – 4th & 5th October 2018 This conference marks the 10 year anniversary of the PHP service and will bring together the academic, clinical and experiential aspects of physician health. It is aimed at all practitioners involved in treating, managing or supporting doctors and other practitioners with issues of mental […]


Feb
8

NHS GP Health Service is One Year Old: Article in “GP” Magazine

The article, published today, can be read here.


Dec
8

BMJ Article: Why has medicine become such a miserable profession?

Article by Dr Clare Gerada published in the British Medical Journal 05/12/17 CLICK HERE


Nov
17

Dr Clare Gerada on Good Morning Britain, ITV

Our Medical Director was interviewed on Good Morning Britain on 01/11/17 regarding the stressful working environment in which GPs often find themselves. The clip can be viewed here:  


Oct
17

PHP wins Innovation Award

The Practitioner Health Programme, delivering the NHS GP Health Service, has won a 2017 Outsystems Customer Innovation Award for our intuitive and adaptable appointment booking app, which works on all Android and iOS smartphones.  The app was created in collaboration with developers Truewind.


Oct
12

ITV Seeking Doctors under Stress for News Article

Good Morning Britain on ITV are seeking contributors for a news article on doctorS’ working conditions and mental health. Here is a link, in case it is of interest.  


Sep
19

Barriers, facilitators, and survival strategies for GPs seeking treatment for distress: a qualitative study

Study published in British Journal of General Practice, September 2017. Click Here for the published paper.


Sep
19

Clinical Depression: Surgeons and Mental Illness

Surgeons are among the least likely of all medical practitioners to seek help for mental health problems.  What makes them a minority within a minority? (Article by Dr Clare Gerada, published in Royal College of Surgeons Bulletin). CLICK HERE  


Aug
10

Mental Illness Among Doctors

An article by our Medical Director published on the BMJ site on 09/08/17: Clare Gerada: Mental illness among doctors—it’s time to address systemic problems


Jun
15

The specific needs of doctors with mental health problems

This qualitative analysis of doctor-patients’ experiences with the Practitioner Health Programme was recently published in the Journal of Mental Health. It can be found here: Brooks et al 2017 The specific needs of doctors with mental health problems qualitative study


May
19

RCGP William Pickles Lecture – A new kind of doctor.

For the last decade, I’ve been a doctors’ doctor – leading a confidential service for doctors with mental health problems. I have seen, and treated, thousands of doctors across all specialties and ages. Most present with depression, anxiety, and symptoms indistinguishable from post-traumatic stress disorder. Doctors with alcohol and drug addiction. With bipolar disorder, schizophrenia […]


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.


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 we will examine what we can do for ourselves to maintain our well being throughout […]


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 a mental health and addiction service for General Practitioners (GPs) who are experiencing mental health […]


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 health professionals from different disciplines, sectors and specialties can act to reduce these harms. We […]


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 general practice, and will offer care to all GPs and trainees in England suffering with […]


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 that take a jargon free, de-stigmatizing and practical approach to addressing the real problems of […]


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: Londonwide LMCs , Entrance D, Tavistock House South, Tavistock Square, London WC1H 9LG (next to […]


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 be the most challenging element of a Clinical Directors role.  This conference aims to support […]


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 walks of life, who between them used many different drugs, both legal and illegal. Nonetheless, […]


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 back after adversity, and get on with their job. All the evidence is that healthcare professionals, […]


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 are support services, locally and nationally, that are tailored specifically for doctors-   Support Services […]


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 this current climate. Having experienced the positive mental and physical effects of yogic breathing and […]


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 thousands of clinicians suffering with a range of health issues. In recent times we have seen a significant increase in younger doctors seeking […]


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 to provide peer support across their localities. This is a national initiative funded by NHS […]


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 Learning’s ORTUS learning and events centre in South London. It aims better to understand the […]


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 first nursing post because of stress, and I met many doctors and nurses throughout the […]


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 approaches to reframing problems. Organisational change – what can I do to improve my practice? Reflection – […]


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 recent Medical Protection survey of over 600 members revealed that 85% had personal experience of mental […]


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 of the pressure. Breakfast’s Tim Muffett has been to meet some GPs who are struggling […]


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 vulnerable to personal distress, burnout, or difficulty in functioning at work. Yet we normalise our […]


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 no secret that it is tough working in healthcare at the moment, and many are […]


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 in Healthcare Awards Shortlist 2015


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 rates of mental health problems, including anxiety, depression, addiction, and increased suicide rates.[1] The rate […]


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 to regulators, writes Ann Arnold. Doctors are travelling to Western Australia to seek treatment for […]


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 concerns about a colleague. The GMC has made it clear that doctors have a duty […]


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’ first priority is their patients’ care, but we must not forget that they can face […]


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 award and thank the Collaborative for this honour.    


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 confidential service providing treatment to London-based doctors and dentists with mental health or addiction problems. […]


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 form here.   Been meaning to meet up with an old friends? Invite them along […]


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