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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.

Somerset Clinician Support Service (SuCceSS) is part of an international movement to enhance patient care by taking seriously the welfare and working environment of practitioners. The underlying philosophy is that a doctor or dentist who is unwell, under stress or burnt out, will not be able to provide optimal care for patients.

SuCceSS is funded jointly by Somerset LMC, Somerset CCG and Somerset LDC.

Confidential personal help is available from the SuCceSS helpline at the CCG: Tel 0300 200 0219 or (anonymously if required) through the Somerset GP Safe House website

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 LMC GP Advocate is 
Dr Barry Moyse.

Go to: for further information, or to contact our Advocate confidentially (anonymously if required). An Advocates can also be contacted by phone via the LMC: 01823 331428.

See also: LMC Committee.

Other Sources

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.

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 or on 0779 2819 966 or the BDDG Registrar, Peter, at 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:

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.

Royal Medical Foundation
Financial and other assistance to doctors and their dependents, 01372 821010, Email:

08457 90 90 90, Email:



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