Practitioner Health Programme (PHP)/Trainee Doctors & Dentist Support Service (TDDSS)

The Trainee Doctors & Dentist Support Service (TDDSS) is a psychoeducation and support service which aims to offer a range of interventions to support trainees on programmes managed by HEE Local Offices in London & the South East.

Who is eligible?

Any postgraduate trainee doctors and dentists with a current London or KSS training number will be eligible to self-refer to the new service. Separately, HEE have been commissioning PHP to provide Occupational Mental Health services for post registration pharmacy, medical and dental trainees in KSS. Pharmacy trainees are no longer be eligible. Initial contact can be made via email or phone contact.

Trainees are welcome to contact Trainee Doctors & Dentist Support Service (TDDSS) if you have any queries or would like to self-refer to the service.

How to access the service

Please complete the online registration form, together with the wellbeing questionnaire. You will then be contacted to arrange a time for a short introductory call. We will then give you access to our smartphone app which will enable you to book an assessment appointment

The service is delivered as part of the PHP+ programme of work, hosted by the NHS Practitioner Health Programme. However this service is not for doctors or dentists who are unwell or suffering from major mental health concerns. These issues should be addressed to your GP or occupational health. Where eligible you may also access the NHS Practitioner Health Programme: www.practitionerhealth.nhs.uk

What can this service offer?

Following your self-referral, you will be contacted by a clinician for a brief telephone discussion to assess your suitability for the service, and answer any questions you may have. This may last up to 15 minutes.

If you and the clinician agree that TDDSS would be a suitable service for you, you will be invited to participate in a longer face to face or telephone assessment. Face to face assessment will take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Brunswick Centre near Russell Square in central London.

Following this assessment you may be offered one of the following:

  • Access to online CBT support tools
  • Drop in peer support/reflective practice group
  • Access to psychoeducational groups e.g. Mindfulness programme
  • Access to a topic based event, such as a ‘stress and examinations’ event, which will be held across London and the South East

or

You may also be offered further follow up sessions with your assessing clinician (capped at a maximum of 4 sessions)

We may also be able to offer help, advice and signposting around issues such as alcohol or substance misuse and other helpful coping strategies.

Who might I see for assessment and treatment?

After your initial assessment, you will be guided towards the most suitable clinician to help you.

The team is led by Prof Clare Gerada (Medical Director) GP and Psychiatrist.

The wider PHP team is made up of psychiatrists, GPs, specialist nurses, therapists, and an admin team.

Where is the new service based?

Initially all new assessments and addictions services will be provided at Riverside Medical Centre in Vauxhall, a short (2 min) walk from the tube, overground and bus station.

Sessions for CBT and supportive counselling are currently offered at Vauxhall, King’s Cross, Victoria, Monument and London Bridge.

There are future plans to provide all services, including initial assessments at different locations across London in the future.

Contact Details

Lucy Warner (Chief Executive) Riverside Medical Centre, Hobart House, St George Wharf, Wandsworth Road. SW8 2JB

prac.health@nhs.net / 0300 0303 300

Alternatively, if you would like to hear about other services available you can contact the PSU directly by emailing: psu.lase@hee.nhs.uk or Joseph Dale (Senior Business Manger) Joseph.Dale@hee.nhs.uk

Additional organisations providing support are listed below:

  • Sick Doctors Trust (For those with dependency problems)

Website: Sick Doctors Trust

Telephone: 0370 444 5163

  • BMA Counselling and Doctor Advisor Service

Website: BMA Doctors well-being

Telephone: 0330 123 1245

  • Doctors Support Network

Website: The Doctors Support Network

Email: secretary@dsn.org.uk

  • British Doctors and Dentists Group (for those with a dependency problem)

Website: British Doctors and Dentists Group

Telephone: 07792 819 966

  • NHS  111

Website: NHS 111

Telephone: 111

  • Samaritans

Website: Samaritans

Telephone: 0845 790 90 90

  • Whistleblowing Hotline for NHS staff

Telephone 0800 072 4725

  • Number 42

Website: Number 42

Telephone: 0207 096 5001

  • Professional Support Unit

Website: Professional Support Unit

Telephone: 0207 866 3271

  • Dentists Health and Support Trust

Website: Dentists Health Support Trust

Telephone: 0207 224 4671

  • Royal College of Psychiatrists Resources

Website: Royal College of Psychiatrists Resources

  • Royal Medical Benevolent Fund

Website: Royal Medical Benevolent Fund

Telephone: 0208 540 9194

In the event of an emergency, users should seek urgent support from local GP, A&E or Urgent Care Centres.