Sources for GP Support
Somerset Local Medical Committee Pastoral support services and Somerset GP Safe House website
The Somerset LMC Pastoral Support Network provides confidential support and guidance to all GPs in Somerset
You might be struggling with internal strife in a partnership, with burnout, or your personal clinical workload may threaten to become unmanageable. These and many other common scenarios are the subject-matter of the SSH which provides information and resources for commonly experienced difficulties, plus the opportunity to seek confidential advice from an Advocate. Our local lead LMC GP Advocates are
Dr Barry Moyse and Dr Zoe Fox, who are supported by a team of GPs
Advocates can also be contacted by phone via the LMC: 01823 331428.Go to: somersetsafehouse.co.uk for further information, or to contact our Advocate confidentially (anonymously if required).
See also: LMC Committee.
GP Career Support Pack
GP Career Plus
For many years our LMC has been active in looking after GPs who are struggling, and let's face it we can all struggle at times during our career.
In the modern world, it is hardly surprising that GPs can become stressed or occasionally "not cope". Their job is to provide expert judgment-based health advice and action for the public on a one-to-one basis, confidentially and essentially for all comers. It is hard to think of another professional group offering this level of commitment. Even without the NHS constantly bombarding us with someone else's To Do list.
- Cameron Fund The Cameron Fund is the only medical charity which provides help and support solely to general practitioners and their dependants. It aims to meet needs that vary considerably from the elderly in nursing homes to young, chronically sick doctors and their families and those suffering from unexpected and unpredictable problems such as relationship breakdown or financial difficulties following the actions of professional regulatory bodies.
- LMC Conciliation Service
- Somerset LMC Benevolent Fund
- LMC Leaflet on Emotional Wellbeing
- BMA Website
BMA Doctors for Doctors Advisory Service and BMA Counselling Service: 24h support with immediate access to trained counselors (for BMA members and their families), 08459 200 169.
Financial Assistance to doctors and their dependents, whether BMA members or not, to students studying medicine as a second degree and to refugee doctors.
British Doctors and Dentists Group
Provides venues for doctors and dentists recovering from substance abuse to meet for mutual and entirely confidential support and encouragement, Most have monthly meetings, and further information and advice can be obtained by contacting the BDDG National Secretary, John, at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 0779 2819 966 or the BDDG Registrar, Peter, at email@example.com or on 07982 594 779 or through the Medical Council on Alcohol or on 020 7487 4445.
Doctors' Support Network (DSN)
Self-help group for doctors with mental illness, PO Box 360, Stevenage, SG1 9AS. DSN has a Doctors' Support Line staffed by trained volunteer doctors. This provides a confidential and anonymous service for doctors for both professional and personal concerns. Tel: 0844 395 3010 or email general enquires: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sick Doctors Trust
Early intervention and treatment for doctors addicted to alcohol or other drugs. Help with recovery and rehabilitation for affected colleagues and their families, 0370 444 5163.
Royal Medical Benevolent Fund
Financial and other assistance to doctors and their dependents, 020 8540 9194.