LMC Support Schemes for GPs:
Somerset Safe House. The Somerset LMC Pastoral Support Network provides confidential support and guidance to all GPs in Somerset.
You might be struggling with internal strife in a partnership, with burnout, or your personal clinical workload may threaten to become unmanageable. These and many other common scenarios are the subject-matter of the SSH which provides information and resources for commonly experienced difficulties, plus the opportunity to seek confidential advice from an Advocate. Our local lead LMC GP Advocates are Dr Barry Moyse and Dr Zoe Fox, who are supported by a team of GPs. Advocates can also be contacted by phone via the LMC: 01823 331428.
Avon Safe House. If your need is for some personal advice and support, GP Safe House gives details of, and easy on-line communication with, an Advocate from an Avon LMC-based team of experienced GPs.
Strict confidentiality is the rule and the system is designed for this communication to be anonymous if you so wish. Due to this high level of confidentiality, you need your personal password to use GP Safe House. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call the office on 0117 9702755 for your password. They also offer the COPE scheme which is a confidential service giving direct access to psychologists, counsellors, psychiatrists and professional coaching who are under stress, in distress, depressed, burnt out, not coping, drinking too much or worried about themselves in any other way. It is available to doctors or practice managers working in primary care in the Avon LMC area
Glos Safe House. The Local Medical Committee provides a completely confidential and free service, offering:
- Listening, coaching and, if required, advice to GPs in situations like yours.
- Keeping you company at hearings.
- If necessary, providing completely separate support for the GP and the practice should the two be at variance.
- Providing mediation, if both parties agree.
To seek help of this or any other sort, please contact the Secretary. You will then be given a choice of 2 or more 'LMC Advocates' who are senior, experienced and empathetic GPs from whom you can choose to receive help. It will then be up to you to contact them. They will bill the LMC for the work they do, but it is completely anonymised and confidential. We ALSO provide a password-protected website called the Gloucestershire GP Safe House (GPSH) which, as its name implies allows you to go alone into each 'room' to seek for guidance and help