Message from Dougy Moederle-Lumb, Chief Executive, YORLMC
YORLMC has a comprehensive pastoral care team with many years’ experience of defence bodies and GMC procedures and is able to provide personal and confidential support for individual GPs in difficulty or experiencing major change. For example it can include helping an individual GP through difficulties linked to contractual, financial or performance concerns, including attendance at performance meetings and/or support getting appropriate medical care when required.
Importantly this confidential support is also available for the wider practice team.
I cannot stress enough how important it is for colleagues to contact YORLMC for help as early as possible when difficulties arise so that as much support as possible can be provided.
However it is never too late to make contact.
I can be contacted in the first instance through any member of the Corporate Affairs Team – contact details can be found here.
The Cameron Fund
I am a Trustee of the Cameron Fund which is the medical benevolent charity that provides support solely to GPs in the UK. It provides grants and loans to assist doctors and their families experiencing financial difficulties due to short or long-term illness, relationship breakdown or hardship following the actions of regulatory bodies or former partners. An increasing number of requests are being received for assistance from GPs during re-training. Interest-free loans may be available towards the expenses encountered during a return to professional work.
Anyone who knows of someone experiencing hardship is urged to draw attention to the Cameron Fund’s existence.
NHS GP Health service
A nationally funded service for GPs and GP trainees suffering mental ill-health and addiction is now available. The NHS GP Health Service provides free, confidential 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 service is self-referral. It is provided by health professionals specialising in mental health support to doctors and is available in various locations across England.
Access the service by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 0300 0303 300. The service is available 8am – 8pm Monday – Friday and 8am – 2pm Saturday.
Please note the service is not for emergency or crisis issues. These should be directed to mainstream NHS.
Financial support for doctors and their families - new portal
The main medical charities have got together to produce a new website portal that will help doctors in difficulties to find the most suitable charity to apply to. BMA Charities has worked with the Cameron Fund, the RMBF, the Royal Medical Foundation, and the Society for the Assistance of Medical Families (formerly Widows & Orphans) and the portal has now gone live.
Doctors, or their dependents, and medical students, can answer a very short questionnaire to find the best charity to help them. They can then link to that charity for more information about eligibility and application. And there is also information about other organisations that can offer help.
The website address is: https://www.doctorshelp.org.uk/
BMA Members can also access information, support and advice on a range of topics to help you manage your work-life balance.