Devon GP Wellbeing Programme

Devon-wide initiative to support GPs under stress

In response to the increasing pressure that GPs are under, Devon ICB is collaborating with partners from across Devon to offer a new programme of support for GPs, aimed identifying and supporting doctors under stress before their health or performance suffers. 

Under this new initiative GP appraisers are being encouraged to explore wellbeing with their appraisees, and have been provided with the training, guidance and resources to do this in a sensitive and supportive way. Please use your appraisal as an opportunity to reflect upon your own wellbeing and identify what you need to do to keep well.

You will now also be able to access to a range of new support services, based upon what GPs under stress have told us they need. This includes wellbeing focused coaching, one-off professional support and wellbeing sessions and signposting to peer support groups and mindfulness training. Of course, you will still be able to access all the existing services (such as the Practitioner Health Programme and support from the LMC).

We are all increasingly concerned about the wellbeing of our GP colleagues. We know what fantastic work you all do, and the pressure you’re under. It’s completely understandable to feel stressed at this difficult time for the NHS, and it’s ok not to be ok. All we ask is that if you’re not ok, please do something about it: discuss your wellbeing at appraisal, talk to colleagues, seek out the support you need. Help is available. If you’re having a difficult time, we believe that accessing support can make all the difference. But don’t just take our word for it, below is some of the feedback we have had from GPs who have accessed support.

“I wasn’t expecting to come away so excited about what I may be able to achieve in my and my practice’s future.”

“I have had such a positive experience… Dr XXXX really helped clarify the situation and explored options which I just couldn’t do myself and I was genuinely planning to leave general practice.”

“I just hope the service you offer can continue and help other GP’s who might find themselves in the situation I had found myself in.”

If you would like to know more about this programme, please email vik.mohan@nhs.net

If you would like to access support or signpost someone to us, please email grace.adams3@nhs.net

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