More than 100 GPs sought help from burnout service last month

Last month was the busiest in more than a year for the NHS service that helps GPs facing burnout, stress and addiction problems - with its total caseload now up to 1,363 GPs.

GPs seeking help for burnout (Photo: iStock.com/SolStock)
GPs seeking help for burnout (Photo: iStock.com/SolStock)

A total of 102 GPs were referred to the service in October - the highest total in a single month since June last year.

The GP Health Service revealed this week that just over 500 GPs had registered with the service since the start of the current financial year in April. In total, the GP Health Service is now supporting 1,363 GPs facing burnout, stress, addiction or other mental health issues.

Lucy Warner, chief executive of the GP Health Service and the NHS Practitioner Health Programme told GPonline that the GP service had seen 102 new registrations in October, and 81 the month before.

New registrations ran at around 70 per month last year, and the rate had increased slightly in 2018, she said. It was impossible to know whether the increased registrations reflected 'a higher level of distress' among the GP population, or simply wider awareness of the service, she said.

'At our annual conference last month nearly 400 people sang "You’ll never walk alone" - and that's the key message,' said Ms Warner. 'You’re not alone - there is help, just make contact.'

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Research published in October found that GPs were more at risk of burnout than doctors in other medical specialties - while a GMC report in July warned that one in four trainee doctors felt burnt out.

NHS England chief executive Simon Stevens announced funding for a national rollout of the NHS Practitioner Health Programme earlier this year. The GP Health Service was rolled out across England at the start of 2017.

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