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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


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:  


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 control and start to redress the serious issues facing staff working in the NHS. A […]


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 experiences as patients in the hope that others might learn something from what they have […]


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 unique initiative with an emphasis on psychological development—identifying not just the structural or organisational but […]


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, explains how the introduction of a new service called Early Conciliation in April this year […]


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 thinking, and see themselves and their work more broadly, and from a different vantage point […]


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 ill health and there is a growing recognition that this requires closer scrutiny if we […]


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

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


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 trainees and trainers. The date of the event is Tuesday 12th November 2013 and the […]