Accessibility Page Navigation
Style sheets must be enabled to view this page as it was intended.
The Royal College of Psychiatrists Improving the lives of people with mental illness


Psychiatrists' Support Service


To contact the Psychiatrists' Support Service please
telephone: 020 7245 0412  or e-mail:

The Psychiatrists' Support Service is a free, confidential support and advice service for members, trainee members and associates of the Royal College of Psychiatrists who find themselves in difficulty or in need of support. There is a dedicated telephone helpline, where calls are kept separate from the main College phone line, and this will be answered by the service manager. If appropriate, you will be put in touch with another psychiatrist who will be able to talk through the issues with you and offer support or signpost you to appropriate services.

The contents of these webpages include:

·         Contact information

·         Resources

·         How the service works

·         Information guides

·         History of the service

·         Support from other areas in the College

·         Evaluation form

·         Frequently asked questions

·         Useful links



Types of problems

Psychiatrists contact the service about a range of issues including:

·         bullying and harassment

·         training and exams

·         mental and physical health 

·         serious clinical incidents

·         internal and external reviews and inquiries

·         difficult working relationships

·         whistle-blowing

·         GMC and NCAS assessments


Since the service was launched in 2007, there have been over 500 contacts and the most common issues have been related to mental health, bullying and harassment and difficult working relationships. The service has developed a range of information guides to assist doctors in difficultly which can be found here.



The Psychiatrists Support Service held its first conference in October 2015 on the importance of ‘Building resilience through support.’ In light of the GMC report on ‘Doctors who commit suicide while under GMC fitness to practice investigation,’ the PSS felt the topic to be extremely relevant in the current working environment. The conference proved popular with an attendance of almost 160 delegates attending and an impressive selection of posters submitted for the competition on the day.


Alongside multiple workshops providing for active engagement on key topics and an interactive panel discussion on supporting doctors through GMC investigations, we were privileged to have a high calibre of speakers including Dr Debbie Cohen, Professor Bill Fulford, Professor Steve Peters and Dr Clare Gerada. All of the speakers provided expert opinions on how to support doctors and to build resilience to ensure a healthy workforce. The PSS would like to extend a very big thank you to all our speakers and those that contributed to making the day such a success. We look forward to welcoming back delegates for another PSS conference in 2017.


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 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.