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The Royal College of Psychiatrists Improving the lives of people with mental illness

Further Help

To contact the Psychiatrists' Support Service please telephone: 020 7245 0412  or email:

There are a number of agencies which will provide help and support to doctors in difficulty.

Further Help, by subject:

Information guides are also available on a variety of subjects and contain further resources which you may find helpful.

Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS)
Tel: 0300 123 1100
Website: ACAS


British Medical Association (BMA)
BMA House, Tavistock Square, London WC1H 9JP
Tel: 0300 123 1233
Website: BMA


BMA Charities – financial assistance
Tel: 020 7383 6142
Website: BMA Charities


BMA Counselling and Doctor Advisor Service
Tel: 0330 123 1245 (24 hours)
Website: BMA Counselling and Doctor Advisor Service


British Doctors and Dentists Group
A recovery group for doctors and dentists addicted to alcohol and/or drugs.
Tel: 07904 570729
Website: BDDG


British International Doctors’ Association
Protects the interests of international doctors and dentists working in the UK and promotes transcultural health care.
Tel: 0161 456 7828
Website: BIDA


Citizens Advice
Website: Citizens Advice


A confidential, not for profit, psychotherapeutic consultation service for doctors. Although located in London, all doctors in the UK can self-refer to this service, with fees depending on the grade and circumstances of the doctor. 
Tel: 0207 383 6533
Website: DocHealth


Doctors’ Support Group
A self-help group which aims to provide support and assistance to any medical professional or dentist facing suspension, exclusion, investigation of complaints and/or allegations of professional misconduct. The service is free and totally confidential.
Website: DSG


Doctors' Support Network
Peer support for doctors and medical students with mental health concerns, including stress, burnout, anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, and eating disorders. All doctors in the group have been troubled at some stage in their lives. There are online support forums, regional meetings around the UK, and a newsletter.
Website: DSN


Equality and Human Rights Commission
Website: Equality and Human Rights Commission


General Medical Council
Tel: 0161 923 6602
Website: GMC


HEE North East - Trainee Support Service
A professional and confidential service for all medical and dental trainees requiring additional support. Referrals are made by the Lead Employer Trust in conjunction with Heads of School, Training Programme Directors and School Managers.
Website: HEE NE TSS


HEE Yorkshire and the Humber - Take Time
Take Time is a confidential counselling service specifically for junior doctors and dentists working across Yorkshire and the Humber (HEE YH). The service is funded by HEE YH, and provided by a collaboration between the University of Leeds Student Counselling Centre and The Psychological Therapy Service, Leeds and York Partnership NHS FT.
Website: Take Time


Hospital Consultants and Specialists Association
Tel: 01256 771777
Website: HCSA


Medical Support Programme (Cardiff)

The medical support programme provides support to doctors, including trainees, and medical students.

Tel: 029 2087 0686, ext. 70686

Website: Medical Support Programme


Professional Support Unit (Oxford Deanery)
The single point of contact within Health Education Thames Valley PGMDE for all issues regarding careers and performance support for doctors and dentists.
Website: PSU


Medical Defence Union
Tel: 020 7202 1500
Website: MDU


Medical Defence and Dental Union of Scotland
Tel: 0333 043 4444
Website: MDDUS


Medical Protection Society
Tel: 0800 136 759
Website: MPS


Medical forum (for careers advice)
Tel: 0208 1234 028
Website: Medical forum


National Clinical Assessment Service (NCAS)
Website: NCAS


NHS Counter Fraud Authority
Tel: 020 7895 4500
Website: NHS Counter Fraud Authority


NHS Improvement
Tel: 0300 123 2257
Website: NHS Improvement


Practitioner Health Programme (PHP)
A free and confidential treatment service in London for doctors and dentists to access help with mental/physical health problems or addictions, which impact on work.
Address: Riverside Medical Centre, Hobart House, St George Wharf London SW8 2JB.
Telephone: 0203 049 4505
Website: PHP


Public Concern at Work
A whistleblowing charity that advises individuals with whistleblowing dilemmas at work, supports organisations with their whistleblowing arrangements.
Website: PCAW


Royal Medical Benevolent Fund
A charity providing financial help for doctors, medical students and their families, who are facing financial hardship as a result of illness, injury, disability, bereavement or age.
Tel: 020 8540 9194
Website: RMBF


Sick Doctors Trust
Helpline for doctors, dentists and medical students who are concerned about their use of drugs or alcohol.
Tel: 0370 444 5163
Website: Sick Doctors Trust


Support for Doctors
Website developed by Royal Medical Benevolent Fund which has information about stress as well as mental and physical health advice for doctors.
Website: Support for Doctors 



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