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 tribunal hearing.

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 hearing.

We commissioned this service, which is run by student volunteers from BPP University School of Law, 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 University School of Law

Monday to Friday, from 10am until 4pm.

Telephone: 0161 235 7177

Email: doctorinfoservice@my.bpp.com

 

By phone

Call the number above at any time 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 the address above, with brief details of your query and include your contact number.

 

Volunteer call back

A volunteer will call you back within 24 hours of receipt of your message during the week. If you get in touch over the weekend you will be contacted on the next working day. If there are any times 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.

 

There is more information about preparing for interim orders and medical practitioners tribunals, and options for support and representation, in these guides.

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
Email: doctorsupportservice@bma.org.uk

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