Doctors' SUpport Network 2017 &me logo mental health

Doctors' Support Network & the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons Mind Matter Initiative's 
&me Anti Stigma Campaign launched at House of Commons 

Doctors' SUpport Network 2017 &me launch Kevan Jones David Bartram mental health
Kevan Jones MP (left) talking to vet & RCVS Council member David Bartram

GP Health opening on Monday 30th January 2017

The new NHS GP Health Service is a free, confidential NHS service for GPs and GP trainees in England.  It can help with issues relating to a mental health concern, including stress or depression, or an addiction problem, in particular where these might affect work.

The self-referral service is provided by health professionals specialising in mental health support to doctors and is available in various locations across England.

Contact the new service via its website , email or phone 0300 0303 300. 
The service is available 08.00 – 20.00 Monday to Friday and 08.00 – 14.00 Saturday.

UK Physician Health Summit 

The UK Physician Health Summit  will take place in London on 29th March 2017  Chaired by Dr Clare Gerada, Medical Director, NHS Practitioner Health Programme, the summit aims to bring together learning and experience in delivering care and support to doctors who became unwell, ensuring they can remain in or return to safe, effective clinical practice wherever possible.
Topics will include: the need and economic case for Physician Health Services, the services currently available, the issues for particular high incidence practitioner groups and how individuals can cope and techniques for prevention.
Doctors Support Network Clare Gerada mental health

Preventing Burnout : a pilot for General Practitioners

A study day for General Practitioners will be delivered by GP Health on Saturday 11th February 2017 at St Bede's Pastoral Centre in York.
'We will be gathering to explore the benefits of reflective group work. The day will be split into two parts. First we will examine what we can do for ourselves to maintain our well being throughout our career as doctors. Then we will learn how to use groups to reflect on our role within teams and how we can improve our working practice, together . We will explore different modalities of group work including Reflective Group Practice and Balint Group Work.  Embedded into the day will be action research that will help GPH develop a day to support other GPs so they also can thrive as doctors working in the NHS.'
Limited spaces, book early for £30 to be involved in this exciting day!
Contact GP Health: 020 304 94505 or click HERE for details

DSN registered with Scottish Charity Regulator

DSN is now registered with the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator - SC046980.

DSN will be presenting at WPA XVII World Congress of Psychiatry 2017!

DSN will be presenting a symposium on the role of peer groups in doctors' health, 'Invisible patients: doctors with mental health problems' at the WPA XVII World Congress of Psychiatry 2017 in Berlin!  This is in collaboration with a German doctors' group Selbst betroffene Profis (Self affected Professionals).  

Northern Centre for Mood Disorders 'Bipolar Disorder - an Update'

NCMD recently put on another public engagement event 'Bipolar Disorder - an Update'.  This free event took place on Wednesday 14th September 2016 from 17.00 to 19.00 in the Herschel Building at Newcastle University.  

The photo on the right shows Dr Hamish McAllister-Williams, the academic lead for NCMD at their recent event on exercise and mental health. 
Doctors Support Network Hamish McAllister-Williams mental health

Mindful Medics

July 2016
Dr Reena Kotecha of Mindful Medics says 'Healthcare professionals are well accustomed to giving care often at the expense of their own health and personal life. We work long and odd hours often under unrelenting pressure. It can be difficult to strike a work life balance in this current climate.'

 Having experienced the positive mental and physical effects of yogic breathing and mindfulness meditation first hand, Dr Kotecha has developed ‘Mindful Medics’; a programme for all healthcare professionals.

The Practitioner Health Programme in collaboration with Mindful Medics is now offering drop in sessions every Saturday morning (fee payable). These sessions are open to anyone working in a healthcare environment.

To register for the sessions : click on the button on the right.

Louise Tebboth Foundation launched

DSN is pleased to form a link with the newly established  Louise Tebboth Foundation - in memory of Louise Marson (nee Tebboth), a Bermondsey GP who took her life in January 2015. 

The Foundation aims to provide financial assistance to projects and services which support the mental well-being of doctors in England and Wales and initiatives assisting the bereaved families of doctors who have died by suicide.
Louise's husband, Gary has written a book on his experiences - see the link on the right.  DSN will receive a small commission at no extra cost to you if you purchase using the link.

DocHealth service launched

June 2016
DocHealth, a new psychotherapeutic service for doctors supported by the British Medical Association and the Royal Medical Benevolent Fund has recently opened in London.  The service is to be run on a not-for -profit basis with fees varying depending on the grade and circumstances of the doctor.  The experienced clinicians are ex MedNet (a London psychotherapy service for doctors) and include eminent names in doctors' health in the UK, Dr Tony Garelick, Dr Julia Bland and Dr Matthias von der Tann.  Self-referring doctors can access up to six face to face sessions with the service  and further care can be advised.

New DSN Facebook page and Twitter account

13th May 2016
DSN now has a new Facebook page as well as its long established Facebook group.  

And we have also joined Twitter @DocSupportNet  (you don' t have to join Twitter to read posts.)

Click on the logos on the right to go to the relevant pages.

Northern Centre for Mood Disorders 'physical activity and mood' public event

The Northern Centre for Mood Disorders hosted a free public engagement event on Wednesday 18th May 2016 at Newcastle University about physical activity and mood.  

NCMD is also starting a new charity called 'Out of the blues' with a fundraising campaign kick started by a relay race on Hadrian's Wall.  Details in the link below :

UK Association for Physician Health meeting

Doctors' Support Network 2016 Prof Louis Appleby at UKAPH mental health
10th May 2016
DSN attended the UK Association for Physician Health meeting at BMA House.  The day centred on the current review of the GMC Fitness to Practice process led by Prof Louis Appleby - pictured on the left (with Kirsten Leslie from occupational health in Cornwall. )   

Further details about this event on the Archive DSN events page.

Why doctors' mental health should be a concern for us all

11th April 2016
An article in the New Statesman on doctors' mental health and disclosure about the work of Dr Debbie Cohen's team in Cardiff.
Click HERE for a link to the article.

GMC - Putting mental health safety at the heart of the fitness to practise process

7th April 2016
Professor Louis Appleby is currently leading a review of the GMC's fitness to practise process. DSN was represented by vice chair Dr Louise Freeman at the recent stakeholder consultation into the process.
Click HERE for a link to Prof. Appleby's recent article on this topic in the GMC News. 

BMJ Careers article - Doctors' own mental health issues

16th March 2016
You may have missed a recent BMJ Careers article by journalist Kathy Oxtoby about doctors' mental health.
Click HERE for a link to the article.

Antidepressants and psychotherapy : poles apart or two sides of the same coin

17th February 2016
​The newly established Northern Centre for Mood Disorders based in Newcastle upon Tyne recently held its second public engagement event on antidepressants and psychotherapy.  
Click HERE to read a description of the event with links to speakers' slides.

Our patron Dr Phil Hammond speaks out about suicide

Doctors' Support Network 2016 Dr Phil Hammond mental health
15th February 2016
​DSN's patron Dr Phil Hammond published a moving article on the BBC website about his own father's suicide click HERE to read the article. This was part of the BBC's recent 'In the Mind' season.

Mental Health Day Newcastle upon Tyne

Doctors' Support Network 2016 DSN at Mental Health Day
6th February 2016
A service user run event where over sixty user groups worked together to create an outdoor event where members of the public were encouraged to stop and have a chat. DSN shared a stand and members talked to interested passers -by.

DSN vice chair quoted in the Chronicle 
Dr Louise Freeman, vice-chairman of the Doctors’ Support Network, a peer support group for medics with mental health problems, said people had shown a lot of interest in their work, especially medical students.She added: “Quite a lot of people have been surprised that our group exists. There’s a body of opinion, even within the medical profession, that doctors don’t get mental health problems. That is not actually true. Doctors are not some kind of super race. Doctors and their colleagues forget that they are human beings and that they can suffer from serious mental health problems.Our group provides support to those who need our help.”
Click HERE for link to full article.
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