GP Wellbeing

Working in Primary Care can be incredibly rewarding but sometimes the fast pace, mounting workloads and other pressures can take their toll on your health and wellbeing. The good news is there’s a wide range of national and local resources available to support you.

Cambs LMC Support and Pastoral Care

Cambs LMC has many years experience of working within the system to support general practice and this breadth and depth of expertise, relationships and resources serves as a unique source of independent, reliable and trusted advice and support.

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BMA Wellbeing Resources for GPs

Looking after your wellbeing is crucial in these trying times - the BMA offers its own wellbeing services and also signposts to a range of other organisations services, websites and helplines.

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NHS Practitioner Health

NHS Practitioner Health is a confidential NHS service for GPs and GP trainees in England. The Service can help doctors with issues relating to a mental health concern, including stress or depression, or an addiction problem, in particular where these might affect work. (Practitioner Health is not a service for individuals with mental health problems which require specialist psychiatric input though it can help provide additional support where it can).

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Doctors Support Network

An independent, confidential, peer-support network for doctors and medical students with mental health concerns including stress, burnout, anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, psychoses and eating disorders. Offers an online, confidential, anonymous support forum. Aims to improve wellbeing of doctors by safely connecting them with other medics with similar concerns.

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Sick Doctors Trust

The Sick Doctors Trust provides support and help for doctors, dentists and medical students who are concerned about their use of drugs or alcohol.

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Doctors in Distress

Doctors in Distress are dedicated to protecting mental health and stopping suicide in health workers. They provide confidential facilitated support groups, webinars, workshops and programmes.

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Worry Less – Work Happier

Feeling overwhelmed? Worrying about making a mistake and a patient claim being made against you? It’s enough to give you restless nights. To help you face the fear, Medical Protection have partnered with You Are Not A Frog to bring you a special series of podcasts called Complaints and How to Survive Them.

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GMC Coronavirus Wellbeing Resources for Doctors

An excellent collection of resources signposted by the GMC to help you protect your own wellbeing and care for your patients.

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You Are Not A Frog: Podcasts for GPs

Dr Rachel Morris talking to friends, colleagues and experts about simple changes which will make a huge difference to your stress levels, your resilience and productivity and help you enjoy life again.

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Covid-19 and the Psychological Effects on Healthcare Professionals

Interview with Dr Clare Gerada, Medial Director of Practitioner Health on RCGP e-learning. (Page also contains other Covid-19 related advice for Primary Care clinicians.)

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LTF-SOM Suicide Postvention

Links to resources on Responding to the death by suicide of a colleague in Primary Care: A postvention framework

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Financial Support

The Cameron Fund

A medical benevolent fund that supports current and retired GPs, as well as their families, in times of financial distress, whether through ill-health, disability, death or loss of employment. This includes both those who are already suffering from financial hardship and those who are facing it.

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Royal Medical Benevolent Fund

The RMBF provides support for doctors and their families through all stages of their career and beyond. Their help ranges from financial assistance in the form of grants and loans to a telephone befriending scheme for those who may be isolated and in need of support. Tel: 020 8540 9194 (select option 1) Email: help@rmbf.org

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Other Resources

Additional (non-GP specific) Wellbeing Resources

Our Resource Library contains a wealth of other wellbeing and resilience links, click the browse button to find them.

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