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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, Concilliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS)
Helpline: 0845 747 4747


British Medical Association
BMA House
Tavistock Square
Tel: 020 7387 4499
Website: BMA


British Medical Association Charities – financial assistance
BMA House, Tavistock Square, London WC1H9JP
Tel: 020 7383 6334/ 6142
Website: BMA charities


BMA Counselling and Doctor Advisor Service
BMA House, Tavistock Square, London WC1H9JP
24 hour helpline: 0330 123 1245


British Doctors and Dentists Group
Organisation for those recovering from addiction. Monthly meetings.
24 hour helpline 020 7487 4445/ 01252 316976
Website: British Doctors and Dentists Group


British International Doctors’ Association
Protects the interests of international doctors and dentists working in the UK and promotes transcultural health care.
ODA House
316A Buxton Road
Great Moor
Tel: 0161 456 7828


Citizens Advice Bureau
Website: Citizens Advice Bureau


DocHealth is a strictly confidential self-referral consultation service for all doctors with work or personal difficulties. Face-to-face consultations of up to six sessions are offered by a Consultant Psychiatrist in Psychotherapy. DocHealth is an independent, not for profit organisation supported by charitable donations from the BMA and the Royal Medical Benevolent Fund. In order to sustain the service financial contributions will be requested from all its users on the basis of ability to pay.
Address: BMA, BMA House, Tavistock Square, London WC1H 9JP
Tel: 0207 383 6533


Doctors SupportLine (DSL)
The Doctors' SupportLine is independent, confidential and anonymous. It is staffed by trained volunteer doctors who offer friendly and informal listening and peer support for both personal and work-related issues. Information about other sources of help is available if needed.
SupportLine contact number: 0844 395 3010
Open Monday, Tuesday 8pm - 11pm; Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 8pm - 10pm; Sunday 4pm - 10pm
Website: Doctors support network


Doctors Support Network
This is a self-help group for doctors with mental health concerns, including stress, burnout, anxiety, depression, bipolar affective disorder, psychoses and eating disorders. All doctors in the group have been troubled at some stage in their lives. There are regular meetings around the UK, a newsletter and an e-mail forum.
Address: Doctors Support Network, PO Box 360, Stevenage SG1 9AS
Tel. 0870 321 0642
Website: Doctors support network

DSN Scotland:


Equality and Human Rights Commission
3 More London
Riverside Tooley Street
Tel: 020 3117 0235 (non-helpline calls only)
Helpline: England 0845 604 6610
Wales 0845 604 8810
Scotland 0845 604 5510
Website: Equality and Human Rights Commission


General Medical Council
St Jame’s Buildings
79 Oxford Street
M1 6FQ
Tel: 0845 357 8001
Website: GMC


House Concern
Clinical service for doctors, dentists and an educational service to all other health professionals. Now available to all doctors and dentists in the Northern Deanery. All services are provided by trained psychotherapists with an interest in this field of work and operates to a high standard of confidentiality.

Regional Department of Psychotherapy
Claremont House
Framington Place
Newcastle upon Tyne
Tel: 0191 230 0043. There is an answer phone and callers will be contacted within 48 hours during a weekday.


Hospital Consultants and Specialists Association
1 Kindsclere Road
RG25 3JA
Tel: 01356 771777
Website: Hospital Consultants and Specialists Association


Medical Support Programme

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


Institute of Primary Care & Public Health

53-54 Park Place

Cardiff CF10 3AT

Tel: 029 2087 0686, ext. 70686


Website: Medical Support Programme


Medic Support
This is a confidential service for doctors and dentists training in Oxfordshire, Berkshire and Buckinghamshire and offers psychotherapy and psychology. Funded by Oxford Deanery. They can also offer similar support to consultant staff and to non-Deanery staff in training.


Medical Defence Union
MDU services Limited
230 Blackfriars Road
Tel: 020 7202 1500
Website: MDU


Medical Defence and Dental Union of Scotland
Mackintosh House
120 Blythswood Street
G2 4EA
Tel: 0141 221 5858
Website: MDDUS


Medical Protection Society
33 Cavendish Square
Tel: 020 7399 1300
Website: MPS


Medical forum for careers advice
Tel: 0208 332 1234   (no answerphone)
Tel: 0208 1234 028  (with answerphone)
Website: Medical forum


Deanery funded self-referral service for doctors living or working within the M25 and Kent, Surrey and Sussex. Operates from the Tavistock Clinic and the Maudsley Hospital. The service offers 6 assessment sessions, occasionally more, and they offer onward referral to appropriate psychotherapeutic help.
Tavistock Clinic
120 Belsize Lane
Tel: 0208 938 2411
Website: Mednet


National Clinical Assessment Service
Address: NCAS, Area 1C, Skipton House, 80 London Road, London SE1 6LH
Tel: 020 7972 2999

Northern Ireland:
Address: NCAS Northern Ireland Office, Office Suite 3, Lisburn Square House, Haslem's Lane, Lisburn BT28 1TW
Tel: 029 2044 7540 

Address: NCAS Wales Office, First Floor, 2 Caspian Point, Caspian Way, Cardiff Bay, Cardiff CF10 4DQ
Tel: 029 2044 7540 

Tel: 0131 220 8060
24 hour emergency contact 020 7972 2999
Website: NCAS


National Patient Safety Agency
4-8 Maple Street
Tel: 020 7927 9500
Website: NPSA


NHS Counter Fraud and Security and Management Service
Weston House
246 High Holborn
Tel: 020 7895 4500
Website: NHS Counter Fraud and Security Management Service


The Practitioner Health Programme
This is a service for doctors and dentists living or working in London. They offer a free, confidential service to help with mental health problems, physical health problems or addiction which impact on work.
Address: Riverside Medical Centre, Hobart House, St George Wharf London SW8 2JB.
Telephone: 0203 049 4505
Website: Practitioner Health Programme


Psychiatrists’ Support Service
Royal College of Psychiatrists
21 Prescot Street
E1 8BB
Tel: 020 7245 0412
Website: Psychiatrists' Support Service


Public Concern at Work
Suite 301
16 Baldwins Gardens
Website: Public concern at work


Royal Medical Benevolent Fund
Address: The Royal Medical Benevolent Fund, 24 King's Road, Wimbledon, London SW19 8QN
Telephone: 020 8540 9194 Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm
Website: Royal Medical Benevolent Fund


Sick Doctors Trust
Helpline for addicted/ alcoholic doctors. Will also talk to doctor’s spouses, practice partners, patients and the media. No identifiable personal information is required at the outset and the service can offer total confidentiality.
Address: 36 Wick Crescent, Bristol BS4 4HG
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 


Suspended Doctors Group
The Suspended Doctors Group is a self-help group to exchange experiences and advie. They meet regularly at premises independent of the NHS. The service is free and has total confidentiality.
Tel: 01725 513 367
Website: Suspended Doctors Group


Take Time
Confidential counselling service for junior doctors and dentists within the Yorkshire Deanery. The counselling and psychotherapy provided is based on an assessment interview followed by a six-session model.
Address: 19 Clarendon Place, Leeds LS2 9JY
Tel: 0113 343 4642


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