Service for GPs facing burnout taking shape for launch in 2016

NHS England is 'scoping out' plans for a service to help GPs facing burnout and stress and has invited potential providers to come forward.

Workload: GPs reporting stress highest in a decade
Workload: GPs reporting stress highest in a decade

In September 2015, NHS England chief executive Simon Stevens set out plans for a nationally specified occupational health service for GPs facing stress and burnout issues.

DH-commissioned poll last year found that GPs were facing the highest levels of stress and job dissatisfaction in more than a decade.

NHS England plans to make occupational health services more consistent across the country, and says the stress and burnout service will offer mental health support over and above this occupational health support.

GP stress

The service, set to be operational by the end of 2016, will operate across England - run either by different local providers or a single national provider operating a 'hub and spoke' structure, NHS England has said.

Access to services that could help GPs who need mental health or addiction support could be by telephone or over the internet, with callbacks from clinicians or counsellors.

NHS England is also considering how the service could offer consultations, assessment, intervention and follow-up over the short or long term, co-ordination with other NHS services and campaigns to promote awareness and preventative steps to support GP mental health.

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