NHS GP Health Service
The newly-launched NHS GP Health Service is a free and confidential self-referral service for GPs and GP trainees who are suffering with a mental health concern, including stress, burnout or depression, or an addiction issue.
The NHS GP Health service will help GPs with:

Common and more complex mental health conditions
  • Mental health conditions relating to a physical health issue
  • Substance misuse including support for community detoxification
  • Rehabilitation and support to return to work after a period of mental ill-health.

  • The service may be accessed by:
    • Any general practitioner or GP Trainee who is registered on the National Performers List in England, or,
    • Any GP or GP trainee who is looking to return to clinical practice after a period of absence.

    Dr Richard Duggins, Clinical Lead for GP Health in the North East and Cumbria, will provide the initial assessments and follow-up. His Professor Gilvarry and Dr Hearn will provide expert support for issues with alcohol or other substances.
    The confidential service can be accessed by emailing or by calling 0300 0303 300. The service is available 8am – 8pm Monday – Friday and 8am – 2pm Saturday.
    For further information please see the website

    The Road Centre
    Counselling and Human Development
    21a North Burns
    Co Durham
    0191 389 1188 or email
    The LMC are prepared to fund some sessions of counselling for any GP working in the area who needs to talk in confidence with a skilled practitioner, to explore their issues and make whatever decisions are necessary for improved quality of life.

    BMA Counselling Service (24hr/day 7 days a week)
    The BMA offer a 24/7 counselling service which any doctor can access for any problem. You can remain anonymous if you wish and the service is also available to family members living in the same household including children up to the age of 21 even if they are at University.
    Tel: 08459 200 169