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Support from other organisations

Support available before, during or after your hearing from organisations other than the MPTS:

British Medical Association

The BMA has a range of wellbeing services to support doctors.

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. 

Counselling and peer support

Confidential 24/7 counselling and peer support services open to all doctors and medical students plus partners and dependents. You don’t have to be a BMA member to access this service 


A confidential, face to face psychotherapeutic consultation service for all doctors with fees based on a sliding scale relating to your grade and circumstances.

Medical defence organisations

You may be able to access support and advice from a medical defence organisation:

Practitioner Health Programme

A free, confidential NHS service available across England for doctors with mental illness and addiction problems. Provided by health professionals specialising in mental health support to doctors. 


Samaritans is available 24 hours if you are struggling to cope and want a safe place to talk. Calls are completely confidential. 

Drop in: The Manchester branch is open between 8.30 am and 8.30 pm if you want to talk to someone face to face. 72–74 Oxford Street, Manchester M1 5NH.

NHS walk-in centre

Manchester Royal Infirmary walk-in centre

The Urgent Treatment Centre is designed to provide same day assessment, treatment and support. Services include counselling, anxiety and stress management. Information about how the service operates is available on the website. 

Address: Manchester Royal Infirmary, Urgent Treatment Centre (next to A&E), Oxford Road, Manchester M13 9WL

General practitioner

If you are feeling anxious, depressed or have any mental health concerns you can discuss these with your GP, along with other health issues.