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

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Psychiatrists' Support Service

The Psychiatrists' Support Service is a free, confidential support and advice service for psychiatrists at all stages of their career who find themselves in difficulty or in need of support. The service is available during office hours Monday to Friday.

You can:

  • Call our dedicated telephone helpline on 020 7245 0412
  • Email us in confidence at pss@rcpsych.ac.uk
  • Read our information guides below

If you call or email

If you call or send an email, your enquiry will go straight to the support service manager.

Depending on the circumstances, you will be put in touch with one of our trained doctor advisers, who will be a psychiatrist and College member, who will be able to talk through the issues with you and offer support or signpost you to appropriate services.

 

Types of problems

The Psychiatrists’ Support Service has published a number of information guides on issues relevant to psychiatrists.

Please click on the links below to view the guides or contact the service if you would prefer to receive printed copies.

 

During training and making the transition

 

Difficulties in the workplace

 

Your health

 

Managing your career

For further information on the last topic please visit the Coaching and Mentoring page

 

Need to know

  • The Psychiatrists Support Service is confidential. However, if you disclose an issue that threatens personal or professional safety, the Royal College of Psychiatrists has a professional duty of care to report this to the appropriate agency/organisation.
  • The service welcomes the first contact by e-mail as well as by telephone. However any subsequent support will be provided by telephone only.
  • The telephone number is a dedicated number for contacting the Psychiatrists' Support Service. So your call does not need to go through the main College switchboard. · Doctor advisors will not be based in the same geographical area as the caller.
  • The service is sometimes contacted by doctors who are concerned about a colleague. The support service manager will need to speak to the person concerned to be able to offer appropriate advice and support.
  • The service is available in office hours Monday to Friday however follow up calls with doctor advisors can be arranged outside of this time.

 

Further help

You can find a wide range of services offering support in our PSS Resource Booklet (view as PDF). Please contact us if you would like a printed copy.

If you have suggestions regarding our information leaflets that you feel would be helpful, please e-mail us and let us know: pss@rcpsych.ac.uk

 

 

 

We are looking to improve this website. We would value any comments that you have about the site and welcome suggestions for future development. Please e-mail pss@rcpsych.ac.uk with any comments or enter them in the box below and then click on submit. If you use the online form, your responses will be kept anonymous.
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We are continually evaluating the quality of service provided to doctors using the service. We would be grateful if you could please click here to submit your feedback on the service received.

 

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