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What is PHP?

Mission Statement

The Practitioner Health Programme/GP Health Service is a confidential, self-referral NHS service for doctors and dentists with mental illness and addiction problems. We are committed to providing high quality, patient centred care to eligible individuals by trained professionals who understand the unique challenges faced by health professionals when they become unwell.

Our objectives are to improve the mental wellbeing of the clinical workforce, reduce the stigma they face and to ensure that individuals can be retained or returned to the workforce.

As part of the Hurley Group we are committed to raising the standards of clinical care for patients by:

  • offering a wide range of services including new technologies and on-line options
  • ensuring all communications with patients are clear and comprehensive to ensure that they are informed about their options
  • providing systematic education, mentoring and training for clinical and non-clinical staff to ensure they provide the best possible care ?

In 2008 Dr Gerada FRCP FRCGP FRCPsych was awarded the contract to deliver the NHS Practitioner Health Programme (PHP) service. The service operates in central London, led by Dr Gerada, and both she and the PHP team have expertise in treating health professionals with addiction and mental health problems. The service has seen and treated thousands of practitioner patients from across England..

PHP are aware that doctors and dentists often find it difficult to access mainstream mental health or addictions services due to fears that they will not receive a truly confidential service. As a patient of PHP you have the right to request that your status as a practitioner patient of the service is known only to you and PHP.

If on presentation your mental health or addiction problem is already being treated elsewhere, you will not normally be able to be seen at PHP as well.

Occasionally, PHP do treat patients alongside another clinical team, and the patient’s case will always need to be discussed with the other service before PHP treatment is started.

Unfortunately, we are not funded to be a fast track service to psychological support even if this means that you have to wait for treatment for NHS care.