Sources of support

There are a number of sources of support you can contact for support before, during and after your hearing. 

Hearing information line

Our hearing information line is available to all doctors who’ve been referred to the MPTS for a medical practitioners tribunal.

The line allows you to speak to somebody, free of charge, about what to expect when you attend your hearing and how best to prepare for your tribunal.

We commissioned this service, which is run by run volunteers from two law schools, particularly to help doctors who intend to represent themselves at their hearing.

You can use the service to:

  • learn about the hearing process, including the key stages
  • help prepare for your hearing
  • find out what to expect at the hearing centre on the day of your hearing

How to access this service

BPP Law School (Monday and Friday)

Telephone: 0161 235 7177


University of Law (Tuesday and Thursday)

Telephone: 01483 216 738



By phone

Call either of the numbers above and leave a message on the answer machine. Please leave your name, contact number and brief details of your query. All calls will be charged at the local rate.


By email

Email either of the addresses above, with brief details of your query and include your contact number.


Volunteer call back

A volunteer from the organisation you contacted will call you back on the days they work, which are detailed above. If there are any times or days when you are not available to receive a call back, please state this clearly.

Volunteers cannot comment on the specific circumstances of your case or give you legal advice.

More information is available in our factsheet.

The doctor contact service

This is a confidential face-to-face support service at the MPTS hearing centre.

Doctor support service

The BMA provides the doctor support service, commissioned by the GMC. The service offers emotional help from fellow doctors and functions independently of the GMC.

You don’t have to be a BMA member to access this service.

Telephone: 020 7383 6707