NHS health service for GPs opens across England

GPs seeking help with depression, addiction, stress and other mental health issues can now access support from the GP Health Service, following its launch on Monday 30 January.

The world's first dedicated health service for GPs is now live, offering free, confidential help for GPs and GP trainees.

The self-referral-only service, which can be contacted on 0300 0303 300, operates 8am-8pm on weekdays and 8am-2pm on Saturday across 13 sites in England.

It is not intended for emergency or crisis issues, which should be directed to mainstream NHS.

How will the NHS GP Health Service work?

Speaking exclusively to GPonline ahead of the launch, Dr Clare Gerada – partner at the Hurley Group, which runs the service – expressed concerns that the service may be flooded with calls immediately after its launch from desperate GPs who have previously had nowhere to turn to.

She added that ‘well into the double figures’ of GPs had already enquired about the service before it even launched.

A statement on the service’s website said: ‘The new confidential NHS service for GPs and GP trainees has now gone live. Services are available for any GP or GP trainee with a mental health or addiction concern through a network of experienced health professionals across England.’

Contact details

GP can self-refer to the NHS GP Health Service via the following:

  • Telephone number: 0300 0303 300
  • Email address:  gp.health@nhs.net
  • Website: gphealth.nhs.uk

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