Sources of support

We understand that for any doctor appearing before a tribunal, the process can be daunting. We have put together a list of sources that you can contact if you need any support before, during and after your hearing.

This list is not exhaustive and some of the links provide additional sources of support.

Disclaimer: Links are provided for information and convenience only. We cannot accept responsibility for the sites linked to, or the information found there, or any liability in connection with them.

Support at the hearing centre

MPTS doctor contact service

A member of MPTS staff unconnected to your hearing is available to help lessen any isolation and stress, signpost useful support materials and services and provide information about the hearing process.


Telephone support

Hearings procedure telephone information service

This service provides information about the hearing process to help you prepare for your hearing and find out what to expect at the hearing centre.

BPP Law School
(Monday and Friday)
Telephone: 0161 235 7177

University of Law
(Tuesday and Thursday)
Telephone: 01483 216 738


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

British Medical Association (BMA)

You don’t have to be a BMA member to access these services.

BMA counselling

You can seek constructive and supportive help from this service.

Telephone: 0330 123 1245 – 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

The doctor advisor service

This service runs alongside BMA Counselling giving you an opportunity to speak in confidence to another doctor.

Telephone: 0330 123 1245 – ask to speak to a Doctor Advisor

BMA wellbeing

The BMA website provides a list of useful links to organisations that provide support such as counselling and in relation to mental health issues.

Medical Defence Organisations

Medical Protection Society (MPS) counselling service

This service is accessible if you are a member of MPS and suffering from stress as a result of receiving and dealing with complaints, clinical negligence claims, disciplinary matters, and other medicolegal issues.

To access this service, please contact your medicolegal case handler.


Medical Defence Union (MDU)

You can access support if you are a member of MDU.

Telephone: 0800 716 646 – 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

Medical and Dental Defence Union of Scotland MDDUS

You can access support if you are a member of MDDUS.

Telephone: 0333 043 4444 – 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

Doctors’ Support Network

Doctors’ Support Network (DSN)

You can access confidential and friendly peer support if you have mental health concerns.


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

Telephone: 116 123 - 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

Drop in: The Manchester branch is open between 08:30 and 20:30 if you want to talk to someone face to face. 72-74 Oxford Street, Manchester, M1 5NH.

NHS walk-in centres

City health walk-in centre

Address: 2nd Floor, Boots the Chemist, 32 Market Street, Manchester, M1 1PL
Telephone: 0161 839 6227

Manchester Royal Infirmary walk-in centre

This centre is designed to provide same day assessment, treatment and support. Services include counselling, anxiety and stress management.

Address: Manchester Royal Infirmary, Oxford Road, Manchester, M13 9WL
Telephone: 0161 276 5193

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. Find your local GP here.